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Majomut - Unión de Productores Orgánicos Beneficio Majomut

MAJOMUT is an association of cooperatives in the highlands of Chiapas, Mexico, uniting coffee-growing families in 35 Tzotzil and Tzeltal indigenous communities. The group originally formed in 1981 with the mission to improve living conditions for producer families. Their coffee is certified organic, an agricultural practice they value not only for the absence of chemical fertilizers but because it allows them to care for the land as their ancestors did.
 

Quotable

“I became a member of MAJOMUT first for the better price, but also because they teach you how to produce a better product. We do what we can with the premium, as there isn’t much of it due to decreased production, but we are working to strengthen our farms and recover from rust.”  

Cristóbal Vásquez, MEMBER

Programs

Farmer Finances

At the end of 2015, MAJOMUT adjusted final price paid to its members in order to compete against middlemen and to reward loyal producers. Most small farmers sell directly to middlemen exporters who usually are paying them below market price for their harvests and keeping a high percentage for themselves.

Productivity & Quality

MAJOMUT’s priority is to strengthen a network of organic producers located in the highlands of Chiapas, Mexico. MAJOMUT members benefitted from vermiculture training and technical assistance.

MAJOMUT aims to improve their members’ livelihoods and establish food sovereignty in a region solely dependent upon the cash crop of coffee. In San Cristóbal, coffee production decreased substantially due to coffee rust disease. For this reason, MAJOMUT’s general assembly chose to focus a portion of the premium on intensive rust recovery inputs and services.