Coffee very tall!

During 2004, CODECH received funding from Intermon Oxfam, to manage and execute the project “Coffee and sustainable development for the municipality of Concepcion Huista”. With this project we wanted to support the small producers to produce and market organic coffee, thus preventing the pollution of the environment, taking rational advantage of the existing resources and making it easier to enter markets that recognize more favorable and stable prices for the growers.

Today, among the eight organizations, 550 hectares (Ha) of coffee are being cultivated, at an altitude that ranges between 1,000 and 2,032 meters above sea level, which enables us to obtain different qualities of the aromatic product. We have accomplished the certification of 300 Ha of conventional coffee under the modality of fair trade (FLO) and 250 Ha are certified as organic coffee. CODECH, S. A. marketing company was created and charged with the export of the product to the United States (conventional coffee) and to Spain and France (organic coffee).

In addition to the income received by each member, we have benefitted many families with technical assistance, training processes, and have given support with inputs, and improvement in the quality and prices of the product. Also, in addition to the income obtained by fair trade (for each 100 pounds sold, a social premium of US $ 10 is received), which has been invested in education, health, functioning of the grassroots organizations and functioning of CODECH.