CAFNORCA - Cooperativa de Caficultores del Norte de Caldas
Health Care: Cancer Risk
Many rural producers in the coffee business suffer from health issues- particularly Cancer and Cardiovascular risk. Being so far removed from basic medical attention, Health Care was voted as a priority for CAFNORCA. Premium dollars are being used to help reduce these heath issues from arising and affecting producers and their direct beneficiaries. Additionally, these routine check ups are the most effective way to test rural producers for cancer.
CAFNORCA invests Fair Trade premiums to fund trainings in sustainable management and promote organic certification. So far, at least 10 farms have obtained organic certification. Many CAFNORCA members cultivate shade-grown coffee. The cooperative is also establishing farms to produce natural fertilizers and pest controls for their production use.