Fair Trade Producers

Costa Rica's COOCAFE Cooperative

What is COOCAFÉ? It is a Consortium of Coffee Cooperatives of Guanacaste & Montes de Oro in Costa Rica. COOCAFE is an interesting example of the counterbalance between the interests of small farmers and those of larger plantations that result from a long history of agrarian reform and government programs supporting small farmer cooperatives.

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Makaibari Tea Garden, India

Most tea is grown on estates or plantations in Asia and Africa. It is common for workers on tea plantations to live and work on the plantation year round, often in the poorest conditions with no access to education or health care. While many countries require that tea workers are paid a minimum wage, these laws are often not enforced, leaving workers with no protections or legal recourse. Over 120,000 tea pickers have been able to improve their lives by benefiting from the Fair Trade system.

Read more: Makaibari Tea Garden, India


Peru's CEPICAFE, a Coffee Coop From Piura

The city of Piura is where Spanish Conquistador Francisco Pizarro founded the first Spanish city in South America called San Miguel de Piura in 1532. For this reason, the city has the nickname "La Primera Ciudad" or "First City." Piura served as the main port for the Spaniards to ship the Inca gold back to Spain. The region is beautiful, including nearby coastlines that are becoming world famous because of their waves and surfing opportunities. The metropolitan area includes all the amenities of a city that has great tourist appeal and a diversified economy.

Read more: Peru's CEPICAFE, a Coffee Coop From Piura


Kuapa Kokoo, Ghana

Cocoa is a $16 billion a year industry, but the average annual revenue the cocoa farmers receives is between $30 and $110 per household. The Fair Trade certification for chocolate has given over 42,000 cocoa farmers in West Africa, the Caribbean, and the Americas a decent price for their crop. Since 90% of the world's cocoa is grown on small family farms of 12 acres or less, Fair Trade cocoa is directly improving the standard of living for farmers in the poorest regions of the world.

Read more: Kuapa Kokoo, Ghana


El Guabo, Ecuador

Bananas are one of the most popular and most consumed fruits in the world. Yet, large multinational corporations control a large percentage of the banana trade; Dole and Chiquita together control more than 50%. Most bananas are produced in the Caribbean and Central and South America, and reports of unfair labor conditions among the large corporate plantations abound. Fair Trade is cutting out the corporate influence by providing banana farmers a direct connection into the marketplace.

Read more: El Guabo, Ecuador


PRODECOOP, Nicaragua

Coffee is the second most heavily traded commodity in the world after oil. Over 25 million farmers and their families depend on coffee for their livlihoods. As a result of years of work on the part of Fair Trade activists, coffee is the most widespread Fair Trade commodity.

Read more: PRODECOOP, Nicaragua


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