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FEDECOCAGUA - Federación de Cooperativas Agrícolas Guatemala

Founded in 1969, the Federación de Cooperativas Agrícolas Guatemala (FEDECOCAGUA) is a large producer and exporter organization representing the interests of an estimated 54 coffee cooperatives in the country, or about 20,000 small to medium-sized farmers in total. Through the organization, members are able to sell, market, and export their coffee to local and mainly international markets. Fair Trade premiums have helped finance new facilities including a water treatment plant and electronic weighing scale for members to use, in addition to providing agricultural products at reduced costs. Fair Trade premiums have also allowed individual cooperatives to build main offices and invest in other production and community improvement projects.
 

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I take this opportunity to thank FTUSA for your support of producer groups at the SCAA in Portland, with well-deserved congratulations for your excellent and spacious booth in the exhibit hall, the conversations and all the other activities.”  

Gerardo Alberto De León, Marketing Manager

Programs

Productivity & Quality

In 2015, FEDECOCAGUA members voted to invest the premium in adequate rust prevention techniques including fungicide application. Guatemala was one of the countries hardest hit by coffee leaf rust, and producers are only now beginning to see a return to previous production volumes. The investments cooperatives make in rust prevention and treatment are crucial to producers’ success.

Farmer Finances

FEDECOCAGUA’s first level cooperatives used part of the premium to further compensate members for their product, particularly given the high competition from middlemen in their regions.