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Central Organization of Small-Holder Coffee Farmer Cooperatives

Avenida Luna Pazarro 372
La Victoria
Lima
Peru

Contact: Nestor Canaza, President
Phone: 51-1-423-3927
Fax: 51-1-423-5853
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With headquarters in the town of Juliaca, near famous Lake Titicaca, CECOVASA coordinates warehousing, milling, marketing, and exporting of certified-organic, Fair Trade, and gourmet coffee to the U.S. and Europe. Cecovasa is made up of 8 cooperatives and 1 association. It has attracted significant NGO support by making coffee a viable alternative to coca production while protecting forests.

Program

CECOVASA's production area covers the Tambopata and Inambari Valleys in Sandia province, department of Puno, about 1,600 kilometers south of Lima. These river sheds are located in subtropical forests that are among the most biologically diverse on the planet. The largest coffee farmer organization in the area, CECOVASA provides logistical support, on-farm technical assistance, and access to credit and training to its members. Cecovasa is made up of 8 cooperatives and 1 association. It has attracted significant NGO support by making coffee a viable alternative to coca production while protecting forests. With headquarters in the town of Juliaca, near famous Lake Titicaca, CECOVASA coordinates warehousing, milling, marketing, and exporting of certified-organic, Fair Trade, and gourmet coffee to the U.S. and Europe.

Client Population

The biologically diverse valleys of Tambopata and Inambari were uninhabited by humans until the 1940s when they were settled by Aymara and Quechua Indians emigrating from the Peruvian highlands of the department of Puno and elsewhere. New to these upper jungles, they eventually turned to coffee production to make a living in the subtropical forests.

Impact

Today, coffee continues to be the agricultural product that defines economic and social relationships in the Tambopata and Inambari Valleys. Things are improving thanks to CECOVASA. Founded in 1970, and with subsequent support from local and international development agencies like the United Nations and Conservation International, CECOVASA has trained farmers in organic and environmentally sustainable coffee production methods. As a result of community organizing and niche export market access, CECOVASA farmers now stay permanently in the coffee-producing zone. The cooperative structure strengthens democracy and encourages the participation of women and young people.


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