Producer Profiles

COOPCAFER - Cooperativa Departamental Caficultores Risaralda

COOPCAFER, or the Cooperativa Departamental de Caficultores Risaralda, is a worker-owned and administered coffee organization in Colombia. It was formed to collectively produce and distribute goods and services for its coffee associates and the communities in which they operate. Their mission is to guarantee the commercialization of coffee at a just price and offer complementary social development programs to their members. Having gone through many changes, in structure and names since the late 1950’s, COOPCAFER came into its current form in 1994. Today, an estimated 3, 274 people are members of the organization, with 17 offices and 16 shops located throughout the department of Risaralda, Colombia.
 

Programs

Pesticide Safety Trainings

Members who handle pesticides are trained on safety and best practices. They are also provided with individual protective gear.

Plant Renewal Program

An estimated 230 members received 462,500 new seedlings from the cooperative’s plant nursery.

Water Treatment Stations

COOPCAFER purchased and installed 110 water treatment stations systems to lesson the impact of harmful waste-water on the land.