Having survived the political violence of the late 1980’s and 1990’s, families of small coffee producers in the departments of Huanuco and Ucayali in Peru, decided to form a cooperative and help each other increase the productivity and quality of their coffee. Together, they established control mechanisms guaranteeing the sustainable management of their primary resources while also contributing to the protection and conservation of the environment. The cooperative became Fair Trade Certified in 2004. Today, CAC Divisoria’s infrastructure includes several small stores, laboratories and machinery and equipment used to maintain cocoa bean quality. Fair Trade premiums and collaborations with other NGOs have helped the cooperative develop training programs for its workers, providing substantial help in producing a better product, up to par with international standards and markets, and whose price difference favors the improvement of farmers’ standards of living.
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