APROVAT is made up of 15 small communities located at the foot of the Tabacones Namballe National Sanctuary, in the mountainous region of Cajamarca, Perú. The national santuary is home to over 128 unique species including the endangered spectacle bear and mountain tapir. Not only is this area very biodiverse, it also protects a pristine watershed system which ensures the stability of the soil. APROVAT members for the most part live in the buffer zone below the sanctuary. The organization works with 174 farmers to promote better management of existing natural resources and production of high-quality coffee beans. To that end, APROVAT provides environmental awareness workshops on protection of the Tabacones Nabmalle Santuary and promotes sustainable coffee production practices. Their training approach promotes sustainable coffee crop management with a focus on organic cultivation. APROVAT leaders believe Fair Trade helps guide their members to be good stewards of their land as they work towards a better quality of life for their community.
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