Fair Trade is important for the educational support of coffee growing families to implement practices that allow for sustainable development. ”
Lilliana María Franco Rodríguez
COOPERANDES aims to improve the environmental impacts of coffee cultivation. Projects include upgrading farm equipment and supporting farmer training programs. COOPERANDES’ member farms are home to delicate ecosystems, so greater precautions in production must be taken.
COOPERANDES supports members’ children attending high school, covering their transportation costs, enrollment fees, and school materials. Most local schools produce coffee seedlings for producers in this program. This helps children of farmers get involved in coffee from an early age and contributes to effective generational succession in Colombia’s coffee lands.
Productivity & Quality
COOPERANDES has been urged to set aside money in its budget allocation that will be used to purchase subsidized fertilizer and other agricultural inputs for its members
COOPERANDES developed a customized training program for its 30 staff, which included consolidating financial and administrative tools and automating the preparation of financial reports. These steps helped to improve overall coop governance.