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Producer Profiles

COOPFAM - Coop dos Agricultores Familiares de Poço Fundo

COOPFAM is an association of small-scale farmers located in the state of Minas Gerais in southeastern Brazil. Coopfam was formed from a collective desire to improve the living standard of farmers and to reduce poverty and emigration. In 1991, 76 families united to form the cooperative, determined to increase the productivity of their small plots and to sustain the quality of family-oriented agriculture in the region. Coopfam was Fair Trade Certified™ by Fairtrade International (FLO) in 1998 and began exporting to the U.S. in 2003.
 

Quotable

“The most important benefit of Fair Trade is the number of projects that we are able to implement founded by the social premium. Another very important aspect is the fair price farmers are receiving based on the price buyers are paying. This price is usually higher than any in the local market. Fair Trade provides a fair compensation to workers and producers, all members of COOPFAM.”  

Clemilson Pereira, GENERAL MANAGER

Programs

Producer Organizations

COOPFAM enrolled three technical extensionists to meet members’ needs by providing personalized services. COOPFAM’s certification department keeps track of each farm’s performance and conducts field visits to ensure that producers are in compliance with certification norms.

Communities

Through COOPFAM, children with mental health problems benefitted from a comprehensive mental health treatment program for youth of Poco Fundo. These children cannot be treated effectively in other existing programs due to higher costs.

Productivity & Quality

COOPFAM supported the “Olhos D’ água” group with the acquisition of working agricultural materials and logistics for their workshops. Comprised mainly of sugar cane women farmers, this group was recently formed to train COOPFAM’s members and their spouses in sugar cane growing, processing methods, and other economic activities such as sewing.

Seeking to improve soil conditions, COOPFAM encouraged 420 producers to do soil analysis by sponsoring two free analyses for each conventional producer and all soil analyses for organic producers.

Farmer Finances

Farmer Dividends