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
Name: Comon Yaj Noptic
Location: La Concordia, Chiapas, Mexico
Number of Producers: 180
Certifications: Organic, Fair Trade, SPP
Interesting Fact: 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. They began collecting the data after several major hurricanes between 2008 and 2010 affected their home state of Chiapas. Scientists wanted data in regions affected by tropical storms and hurricanes to monitor how significant climate events and climate change were impacting migratory and non-migratory bird species. The farmers of Comon Yaj Noptic answered the call and have developed the bird monitoring program into a completely community-run effort to focus on environmental awareness and conservation.
Last Visit: Comon Yaj Noptic hosted a delegation of café owners and customers of Equal Exchange in January 2014. Green Coffee Buyer Carly Kadlec and Co-director of Advanced Coffee Lynsey Miller traveled with six café owners who serve Equal Exchange coffee in their businesses to visit Comon Yaj Noptic and learn about coffee from seed to cup.
Café owners stayed in members’ homes and visited their farms. They also had a chance to go out on one of the bird monitoring excursions to observe how the community-led conservation effort works.