Producer Profiles

OCCICAFE - Asociación de Productores de Café de Alta Calidad del Suroccidente del Huila

Agronomist Cesar Tulio Ramirez is responsible for technical assistance and coffee quality control and monitoring
OCCICAFE, or the Asociación de Productores de Café de Alta Calidad del Suroccidente del Huila “OCCICAFE,” represents 244 coffee growing families in southwestern Huila, Colombia. Farmers here are very passionate about improving the quality of their coffee and devoted to sustainable practices, always applying the best standards on each of its processes with commitment, persistence and discipline. Farmers come from at least five different municipalities in the region –La Plata, Paicol, Thessaly, Nataga and La Argentina. The organization helps provide the skills and knowledge needed to increase yields and quality, and teaches producers how to run their farms like small businesses, aiming to increase their profitability and long-term sustainability. OCCICAFE helps producers organize into larger groups within their communities to reduce costs and ensure their coffee gets to market at the best time and at the best price, through the collection and sale of large volumes of high-quality certified coffee.
 

Quotable

It is important to recognize the unique value in buying Fair Trade products. Fair Trade Certified Coffee is produced by small scale hardworking farmers who have a strong commitment to their environment and want to improve their livelihoods.  

Luis Gonzaga Ordoñez Camero, General Manager

Programs

Fertilizer Use Efficiency

OCCICAFE’s production levels increased 40% by distributing fertilizers and other inputs among its members. An estimated 230 families and 1,250 people received materials to improve their seedlings and protect their crops.

Reviving the Coffee Industry by Improving Quality

OCCICAFE’s technical assistance team used premiums to improve quality and production on producers' farms. They also provided training courses in cupping, based on international protocols, designed to equip OCCICAFE’s members with the skills needed to maintain high quality standards.