Fair Trade USA Announces Recipients of the Rust Response Fund
We are very pleased to announce CAC Oro Verde and CAC Satipo, two coffee cooperatives in Peru, as the winners of Fair Trade USA's emergency Rust Response Fund.
Guest Blog from Richard Shaw of Andean Naturals
This guest blog post comes to us from Richard Shaw of Andean Naturals. Recently, Fair Trade USA joined an Andean Naturals team to observe the quinoa harvest, document the quinoa farmers’ conditions of life and meet with their representatives to discuss programs in place and priorities going forward. This is the first of a series of posts from Andean Naturals recording their experiences and reaffirming their mission to make a positive impact in the lives of quinoa farmers.
Fair Trade USA is proud to announce that our partner, Beneficio Santa Rosa, has been awarded the prestigious “Presidential Award for Exporters” for 2013. Awarded by the President of Honduras, Beneficio has been recognized for their creativity, quality, and innovation in the international marketplace.
The criteria for the Presidential Award, one of the highest honors in the Honduran coffee community, cover things like export volume, export growth rate, economic stability, innovation, job creation, and economic, social, and environmental programs.
Last year, 2012, was a year of momentum, innovation, and growth for Fair Trade. We saw significant growth in key categories such as coffee, produce and quinoa. With imports at an all time high, more farmers and workers earned more community development premiums than ever before (at $32 million!).
Farm ID: 1025091
Fair Trade USA Standard: Farm Worker
Varietals: Acaica, Catucai, Mundo Novo, Boudon, Icatu
Elevation: 950m above sea level
Other Certifications: Organic, Utz and Rainforest Alliance
Number of Workers: 110 farm workers
Location: Minas Gerais, Brazil
Hectares: 230 hectares