The Cooperation in Productivity event was the first time Equal Exchange has organized a peer-led, on-farm learning experience between farmer organizations. It was incredibly exciting, not just because it was the first event of its kind for us, but because of all the farmer-driven content.
Name: Comunidades Indígenas de la region de Simojovel de Allende (CIRSA)
Location: Chiapas, Mexico
# of Producers: 600
Certifications: Organic, Fair Trade, SPP
Interesting Fact: The members of CIRSA come primarily from two main ethnic groups, Tzotzil and Tzeltal; if Spanish is spoken at all, it is spoken as a second language.
In Part 1, I explained the groundwork philosophy that the members of COMSA (Honduras) shared with the members of Las Colinas (El Salvador). Now let's get a little nerdy and dig into the more practical, technical side of what COMSA shared and how it has contributed to their success.
Many thanks to Chuck Bordman for this creative 48-second video about the corporatization of Fair Trade and the work of committed brands to support small farmers and Authentic Fair Trade in this context.
This year, pledge to support farmers in growing healthy, red coffee cherries for generations to come. Make your pledge now.
Don Mario Pérez likes to learn, and he likes to challenge the people around him to learn. While visiting his home and coffee farm during an organic workshop in early June, Don Mario and his wife, Joselinda Manueles, explained their philosophy to me.
Finca Triunfo Verde (FTV) has worked extensively with Grounds for Health to implement a community-focused effort to test women for cervical cancer. Grounds for Health has trained co-op staff to run and maintain the clinic and continue the effort.
Members of Comon Yaj Noptic have been monitoring bird species in their communities for the past four years in an effort to provide on-the-ground data for a conservation non-profit in Mexico.