Co-op Name: CACVRA
Number of Producers: 2,750
Average Farm Size: 3-10 hectares
Source for: Non-single origin 80g Bars and Minis
Interesting Fact: Organic farming in high humidity regions is difficult and requires constant attention and know-how. CACVRA uses its fair trade premiums to invest in technical support and farmer education. In 2014, the co-op constructed two warehouses and contributed funds to local women’s committees and educational activities. More recently, CACVRA developed a Women’s Leadership curriculum to better incorporate rural women in the cooperative. Their curriculum includes a series of workshops, exchanges with other organizations, and courses in gender and leadership. In the near future, the cooperative’s goal is to develop their own cocoa tree nursery and market their cocoa as premium, single-origin beans.
Full Profile: The Agrarian Coffee Cooperative of the Apurimac River Valley (CACVRA) was formed in 1969 to market coffee for small-scale farmers in Peru. In the 1980’s, the co-op and surrounding communities in the remote Apurimac Valley were severely impacted by the social and political conflict occurring in peru’s Ayacucho Province. Within the last several years, CACVRA has recovered to re-establish strong export volumes of coffee and has also become a significant producer and exporter of organic cacao to international markets.