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Producer Profiles

COOPERANDES

COOPERANDES, founded in 1961, receives coffee from more than 11,000 smallholders from throughout the southwestern part of the state of Antioquia, Colombia. Smallholder farmers in the communities of Andes, Betania, Jardín, Cuidad Bolivar, Hispania, and El Carmen de Atrato benefit from exceptional agro-ecological conditions which are ideal for growing coffee. As a newly certified producer, the benefits of Fair Trade will enhance COOPERANDES initiatives to improve the lives of smallholder families. With a strong focus on education, COOPERANDES has established a partnership with the Universidad of Antioquia to create opportunities for the youth in the communities of its members. The Fair Trade premium for community development will strengthen COOPERANDES work in providing agricultural production assistance, healthcare and low interest credit to its members.
 

Quotable

Fair Trade is important for the educational support of coffee growing families to implement practices that allow for sustainable development.  

Lilliana María Franco Rodríguez

Programs

Communities

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

Producer Organizations

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.