COOCAFE - Cooperativa dos Cafeicultores da Região de Lajinha
COOCAFE is one of several Brazilian producer groups participating in the Responsible Sourcing Partnership (RSP) project. The RSP project is a result of a partnership between USAID, Fair Trade USA, Walmart Stores, Inc. and SEBRAE-MG, designed to improve the quality of Brazilian coffee, increase market linkages and raise producer capacity. Through participation in the RSP project, COOCAFE has improved its infrastructure which has resulted in higher quality coffee, and has benefited from targeted training programs and increased contact with the U.S. coffee market.
It was such a rewarding experience to hear the feedback from a consumer. They told us they liked our coffee - this was such a great moment! ”
Fernando R. Cerqueira, president
In response to the Question, "What would you say to a US consumer of your coffee?"
Irene Tavares Vega
Today Coocafe has over 4,000 members who are small producers. Fair Trade is very important for us. We received a large list from Fair Trade when we got certified in 2005. Today we have been Fair Trade certified for 5 years. ”
Fernando R. Cerqueira, Coocafe president
Health education on agrochemicals
Members and their children are taught about the safe handling of agrochemicals and PPEs.
Grant for Coffee Sacks
COOCAFE subsidized the total costs of coffee sacks for its members. The cooperative gave sacks to each member in accordance with how much coffee they were selling through the cooperative.
Technical assistance for development
Coocafé invests an average of $350,000 in courses, lectures and technical assistance to enhance the technological development of member’s farms and improve product quality.