Tuesday, April 2, 2013

FECAFEM: from coffee to groundnuts in Ecuador

The coffee crisis in the 1990s in Latin-America highlighted the need for diversification and the importance of fair and sustainable certification systems in providing more stability. In 2004, FECAFEM was established in the Manabi province in Ecuador. FECAFEM brings together local coffee growers and pools their resources to enable them to take on climate challenges and to produce quality products for niche markets.

FECAFEM succeeded in obtaining organic certification already with its first samples. In 2009, the organisation started a project to boost agricultural revenue through diversification (beside coffee groundnuts came in the picture) and to increase commercial capacities. 

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