FCC - Federación Campesina del Cauca
“Fair Trade has been the greatest catalyst for change, both qualitative and quantitative, in the past decade of FCC’s existence. Fair Trade has enormously strengthened the cooperative as both a business and a social enterprise, which today allows us to be self-sustaining in the provision of social, economic, agronomic, and environmental tools and inputs to our members.” ”
Derly Serna, ADMINISTRATION
Productivity & Quality
FCC conducted farm visits to foment the exchange of knowledge and expertise between technicians and producers and their families. Technicians support members in maintaining certifications such as Fair Trade and Organic by conducting classroom training sessions as well as on-farm demonstrations on ecological and agricultural issues. FCC is also able to distribute organic solid and liquid fertilizers produced at their own fertilizer plant.
FCC invested in infrastructure that allows their members to sell their coffee at nearby, collection locations. FCC also invests in organization capacity-building, which allows Fair Trade and its associated processes, such as the democratic participation in social premium spending, to be possible.