Farmer Partners

We've worked with small farmer organizations since our founding in 1986, beginning with a co-op in Nicaragua, and now sourcing from over 40 small farmer organizations in Africa, Asia, Latin America and the United States. Our longstanding relationships allow us to secure the best crops, while continuing to develop innovative programs in collaboration with the co-ops, from crop diversification to quality trainings to women's leadership development. Meet some of our farmer partners by clicking on the maps. 

North America

  • CEPCO, Mexico

    CEPCO was founded in 1989 in the midst of a severe crisis in Mexico's coffee industry. Originally formed through the efforts of more than 7,400 small coffee producers, today CEPCO is the largest association of small coffee producers in Oaxaca.

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  • CESMACH, Mexico

    Formed in 1994, Campesinos Ecológicos de la Sierra Madre de Chiapas (CESMACH) is a coffee co-operative in the southern highlands of Chiapas, Mexico.

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  • CIRSA, Mexico

    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.

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  • Comon Yaj Noptic, Mexico

    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.

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  • Finca Triunfo Verde, Mexico

    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.

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  • PRAGOR, Mexico

    Equal Exchange is excited to announce a new partnership with PRAGOR, a progressive group of small-scale avocado farmers in Michoacán, Mexico.

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South America

  • ACOPAGRO, Peru

    Co-op Name: ACOPAGRO
    Location: Peru
    Number of Producers: 1,800
    Average Farm Size: 2 hectares
    Founded: 1997

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  • ACOZC, Paraguay

    La Asociación de Cañicultores Organicos de la Zona Central (ACOZC) was formed in 2002 to improve the livelihoods of small-scale sugar producers.

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  • ANTOFAGASTA, Bolivia

    High in the Andean mountains east of Lake Titicaca, a few dozen families cultivate coffee and food crops on small farms ranging from 4 to 6 acres in size.

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  • CACVRA, Peru

    Co-op Name: CACVRA
    Location: Peru
    Number of Producers: 2,750 
    Average Farm Size: 3-10 hectares
    Founded: 1969

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  • CCAOC, Colombia

    Equal Exchange bought our first container of coffee from The Alto Occidente Coffee Cooperative of Caldas (CCAOC) in 1995.

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  • CEPIBO, Peru

    CEPIBO was formed by small scale banana farmers located across northern Peru as a non-profit cooperative to provide access to the international market by representing, coordinating and marketing banana exportation for 12 grower associations.

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  • Cooperativa Norandino, Peru

    Cooperativa Norandino is an association of small-scale coffee producers in northern Peru. The 90 grassroots organizations with more than 6,600 producers, located on the western slopes of the Andes Mountains in Piura.

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  • El Guabo, Ecuador

    The story of El Guabo, one of Equal Exchange’s farmer partners, is a success story in grassroots organizing.

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  • Fortaleza del Valle, Ecuador

    Fortaleza del Valle was founded in 2005 to improve living conditions for small-scale cacao producers in the Manabí Province of Ecuador. The co-operative is made up of five regional groups, with over 630 farmers as members.

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  • Manduvira, Paraguay

    Cooperativa de Producción Agro-Industrial Manduvira Ltda (Manduvira Co-op) is located in the village of Arroyos y Esteros (Streams and Swamps), in the southwestern region of Paraguay.

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  • Oro Verde, Peru

    Co-op Name: Oro Verde
    Location: Peru
    Number of Producers: 1,687
    Average Farm Size: 2.5 hectares
    Founded: 1999

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Central America

  • COCABO, Panama

    Founded in 1952, the Multi-service Cacao Co-operative of Bocatoreña (COCABO) was the first agricultural co-operative established in Panama. COCABO is an organization of 1,500 small-scale cacao farmers.

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  • COMSA, Honduras

    The farmers at COMSA have their very own “COMSA philosophy” that they have all created and contributed to as their organization has developed over the past 13 years. The philosophy centers on living out and practicing their values in their work, community, and personal life.

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  • CONACADO, Dominican Republic

    Co-op Name: CONACADO
    Location: Dominican Republic
    Number of Producers: 9,669
    Average Farm Size: 3 hectares
    Founded: 1988

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  • COSATIN, Nicaragua

    Co-op Name: Union de cooperativas de Servicios Agropecuarios Tierra Nueva (COSATIN)

    Location: Boaco, Nicaragua 

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  • Las Colinas, El Salvador

    The Las Colinas co-operative in El Salvador is collectively farmed and managed on the site of an old coffee plantation.

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  • Manos Campesinas, Guatemala

    The Association of Small Coffee Producers, "Farmers' Hands" is an organization of small-scale coffee producers in the highlands of southwestern Guatemala.

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  • PRODECOOP, Nicaragua

    The relationship between Equal Exchange and the farmers in northern Nicaragua has survived war, embargo, revolution, counter-revolution, and epic hurricanes.

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Africa

  • Fruits of the Nile, Uganda

    In 1987, Fruits of the Nile (FON) was created to process the farmers’ fruit and export the dried fruit to foreign markets where farmers make considerably more money from the sales.

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  • Gebana Afrique, Burkina Faso

    Burkina Faso is one of the poorest countries in Africa, and in the world, and sales of this product provide badly needed income to the co-operatives’ members.

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  • Gumutindo, Uganda

    Gumutindo means "excellent quality" in the local Lugisu language, and that's exactly what the members of this Ugandan co-op are working toward.

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  • Sidama Coffee Farmers Cooperative Union, Ethiopia

    Name: Sidama Coffee Farmers Cooperative Union

    Location: Shebedino Woreda, Sidama Zone, Ethiopia

    Number of Producers: 85,000

    Founded: 2001

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  • SOPACDI, Democratic Republic of Congo

    Co-op Name: SOPACDI

    Location: South Kivu, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC)

    Number of Producers: 5,200; 20% are women farmers

    Certified: Organic, Fair Trade

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  • Wupperthal Original Rooibos Co-operative, Cederberg Region, South Africa

    In 1998 against all odds, Wupperthal Original Rooibos Cooperative was established. Wupperthal is a democratically organized group of small-scale farmers who have grown Rooibos in South Africa for generations.

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Asia

  • Fair Trade Alliance Kerala, India

    In the mid-2000s, in southwestern India, the Fair Trade Alliance Kerala (FTAK) was formed to address the devastating impact that fluctuating market prices has had on the ability of small-scale producers to earn a stable and dignified livelihood.

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  • Mineral Springs Cooperative, Darjeeling, India

    The Mineral Springs Cooperative, also referred to as Sanjukta Vikas Cooperative, was one of the first small farming initiatives in the plantation controlled region of Darjeeling.

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  • Mountain Fruits, Pakistan

    Mountain Fruits is a fair trade company that was started in 2000. It has helped farmers to take advantage of the apricot glut season, during which more fruits are produced than can be consumed or sold at the time of harvest.

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  • PARC, West Bank

    PARC was founded in 1983 by agronomists and veterinarians in order to serve farmers in the agricultural sector.

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  • Potong Tea Garden, Darjeeling, India

    One example of TPI’s pioneering work is the development of Potong. Once a colonial plantation, the Potong Garden is now collectively run by its workers and paving a stronger, more democratic path forward for the community.

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  • SOFA and Bio Foods, Sri Lanka

    The Small Organic Farmers' Association (SOFA) project began in 1993 with the vision to establish a prosperous community living in harmony with the environment, and today there are over 1,600 small-scale landowner members.

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  • Tea Promoters India, Kolkatta, India

    Equal Exchange has worked with Tea Promoters of India (TPI) since 1998. TPI has been a pioneer in bringing environmental and social reform to the tea industry. TPI is a Darjeeling-based family operation that manages six organic, Fair Trade tea gardens.

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  • The Small Farmer Tea Project, Kerala, India

    The members of the Small Farmer’s Tea Project (SFTP) in Kerala, India are predominantly marginalized small producers and members of tribal groups who have suffered from social and economic injustice for generations. The goal of the SFTP is to bring its members economic growth and control.

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