Unipcafem is using its 2009 Fair Trade premium to contract an agronomist to support Unipcafem during the upcoming harvest season. The agronomist will be a valuable resource for the group to verify best practices are utilized and to provide additional quality training and agronomy education to Unipcafem's members.
Your rich cup of Fair Trade coffee can help farmers escape poverty. Most small-scale family farmers live in remote locations and lack access to credit, so they are vulnerable to middlemen who offer cash for their coffee at a fraction of its value. Fair Trade guarantees farmers a minimum price, and links farmers directly with importers, creating long-term sustainability. Through Fair Trade, farmers earn better incomes, allowing them to hold on to their land and invest in quality.