“Accountability and transparency - Fair Trade is like a window that allows you to learn more about the international market. Due to the loss of an important buyer last year, we were desperately looking for new clients and thanks to Fair Trade USA we succeeded. The link between different players of the supply chain allows a direct relationship, and generates security and confidence.” ”
Silvia Herrera, COMMERCIAL MANAGER
Productivity & Quality
Coffee farming involves a number of variables and clear feedback is vital to giving producers the information they need to continuously improve the quality and sustainability of their coffee. Both up-to-date, relevant information on each farmer and specific technical feedback on new growing and management techniques, are essential to develop a baseline to be used in the future as input for UESF’s Sustainable Plan.
The cost effective preventive maintenance management program was developed by UESF’s technical team to help its members keep their farms productive. UESF is also optimizing coffee quality by way of centralized dry milling infrastructure.
Due to an efficient administration and a higher market price, UESF was able to compensate its members with a second payment. This payment allows producers to be more involved in their communities by choosing to invest in building classrooms or implementing a preventive health care program. The decision to designate part of the premium as second payment is made democratically by the members of the coop.