FIECH - Federación Indígena Ecológica de Chiapas
“Our members have found that through cooperative organization and participation in the Fair Trade system, they benefit more compared to conventional producers. Benefits range from improving productivity to upgraded facilities, allowing members to have a dignified and comfortable space to develop all activities inherent in coffee production, local organization, and management.” ”
Antonio Morales, CERTIFICATION REPRESENTATIVE
FIECH invested the premium in both organic and Fair Trade certification costs. These value-add certifications allow FIECH to access higher-priced international coffee markets.
Productivity & Quality
Thanks to the Fair Trade premium, producers benefitted from direct technical assistance. FIECH was also able to upgrade facilities for collection and local meetings within all first-level organizations.
FIECH used part of the premium as a second payment to producers to compensate them for the high quality coffee they produced, and in turn incentive them away from selling to middle men.