FCC - Federación Campesina del Cauca
With the help of national and international organizations and governments, FCC created a development plan and received training on how to produce higher quality coffee for markets in the U.S. and Europe.
Becoming Fair Trade CertifiedTM has impacted the producers greatly by offering them access to markets in the United States and Europe. Working together, the group has strengthened the vision of the cooperative, focusing on its social and environmental values. The Fair Trade model has generated increased self esteem because the cooperative members have direct contact with their clients. There has been a shift in attitude of the producers as a result. They now are very focused on quality and consistency and are much more responsible with how they regulate themselves. They are proud to see their products in specialty markets.
By being Fair Trade Certified and having a direct line to markets, the production process has changed and is more consolidated. They have a permanent presence in the communities and are able to provide more services to the cooperative members.
The cooperative is working towards training its members and reinvesting premium money in nurseries to grow new plants that will be more productive than the current old plants. Additionally, they are also developing technical assistance workshops to provide support in producing higher quality cherries.
In the future they hope to use their Fair Trade premium money to educate the children of cooperative members about the cooperative so they feel connected to and understand the vision for the future. They also want to implement health and family development programs for association members.
Over the years, our sustainable coffee production program and the implementation of Fair Trade standards have strengthened our cooperative into an organization that places its members and their families at the center of rural development. ”
Mercedes Alejandra Jojoa Tobar, cooperative member
As coffee plants age, the productivity of the plant decreases. FCC has invested their premium in a coffee renewal program where they are building greenhouses and nurseries to grow new coffee plants for their cooperative members. Theses new plants will enable producers to have greater yields in turn inceasing income for producers and their families. The coopertaive has also invested in obtaining organic fertilizer to support the soil and the new plants.