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Cooperativa de Servicios Múltiples Aprocassi - Supporting a cooperative of small-scale organic coffee farmers

Cooperativa de Servicios Múltiples Aprocassi

Supporting a cooperative of small-scale organic coffee farmers

Peru

Fair trade

Trade in products that have been certified and carry a fair trade label. An example of this is a farmer’s cooperative that collectively sells its cocoa to a fair trade organization.

Green

Promotes and/or supports the protection of the environment. An example of this is an organic farming cooperative.

Cooperativa de Servicios Múltiples Aprocassi (Aprocassi) is a cooperative of smallholder coffee farmers in San Ignacio, in the department of Cajamarca. Aprocassi exclusively commercializes coffee on behalf of more than 400 associated farmers, who together cultivate more than 1,500 hectares of high-quality coffee plantations located between 1,100 and 1,800 metres above sea level.

Aprocassi was founded in 2000 and became a multi-services cooperative in 2010. The cooperative’s main task is to increase the wellbeing of its members by selling their coffee in the national and export markets at fair prices.

Aprocassi has a dedicated technical team, offering members educational training and technical assistance. Its financial arm, Aprocredit, offers farmers credit lines, which they can use, for example, to improve their plantations or finance their children’s education.

As a member of the Junta Nacional del Café, Aprocassi closely collaborates with other regional coffee associations. Aprocassi has built up a portfolio of national and international buyers to guarantee high-quality organic products at fair trade conditions and has obtained FLO-Cert, Naturland and IMO-Control certification. These labels give buyers additional assurance and ensure that farmers get a higher price for their coffee beans.

Cooperativa de Servicios Múltiples Aprocassi has been an Oikocredit partner since 2012.

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