Producer Profiles

CECOVASA - Cooperativas Agrarias Cafetaleras Valles Sandia

CECOVASA, or the Central de Cooperativas Agrarias Cafetaleras de los Valles de Sandia was founded in 1970 when a group of coffee farmers in the northern Lake Titicaca region of Peru came together to sell their coffee. Members of the organization are primarily of indigenous, Quechua and Aymara, descent. Up until their unification, farmers sold their coffee beans to intermediaries who typically paid less than half of the market price. Today, the cooperative provides a stronger alternative for producers and is one of the largest small producer organizations in the country. CECOVASA and its nine base cooperatives became Fair Trade Certified in 1993, and began to export their coffee directly to U.S. and European markets. CECOVASA members and staff work hard to ensure high quality coffee.

In 2013, CECOVASA was declared winner of the National Peruvian Coffee Quality Competition for the sixth time, out of a total of nine annual competitions. Not only is the organization at the forefront of coffee quality, they’re also spreading their knowledge with an on-site International Coffee Quality School, made possible with Fair Trade premiums. Close to 50 percent of CECOVASA’s members produce organic coffee, thanks to an organic conversion program that began in 1997. Find out more about their programs below and reasons for Fair Trade Certification below.
 

Quotable

Land degradation and soil fertility depletion are considered major threats to natural resource conservation in Peru. Investments in technology and training are needed to increase agricultural productivity, to ensure food security and sustained their local economy. CECOVASA's projects are oriented to break the cycle between poverty and land degradation by employing strategies that empower its members economically and by promoting sustainable agricultural intensification using efficient, effective and affordable technologies. In addition, producers need to be linked to markets to increase their capacities to invest in sustainable land management.  

Beltran Apaza, Commercial Manage

Programs

Roya Recovery Project

Incidence, severity and distribution of coffee leaf rust and other diseases, made CECOVASA members invest their premiums in an ongoing effort to respond to these problems to date. They have identified varieties with resistance to “roya” and look forward to test them for their resistance to diseases, seed growth and vigour, crop yield and the quality of the end product – a cup of coffee. As an interim measure, environmentally-friendly fungicides have also been identified and will be recommended among CECOVASA members.