OCCICAFE, or the Asociación de Productores de Café de Alta Calidad del Suroccidente del Huila “OCCICAFE,” represents 244 coffee growing families in southwestern Huila, Colombia. Farmers here are very passionate about improving the quality of their coffee and devoted to sustainable practices, always applying the best standards on each of its processes with commitment, persistence and discipline. Farmers come from at least five different municipalities in the region –La Plata, Paicol, Thessaly, Nataga and La Argentina. The organization helps provide the skills and knowledge needed to increase yields and quality, and teaches producers how to run their farms like small businesses, aiming to increase their profitability and long-term sustainability. OCCICAFE helps producers organize into larger groups within their communities to reduce costs and ensure their coffee gets to market at the best time and at the best price, through the collection and sale of large volumes of high-quality certified coffee.
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