Fair Trade

Cesar Gonzales, fair trade coffee farmer and Vice President of WCCN's partner agency CECOCAFEN. CECOCAFEN is a second tier Nicaraguan coffee cooperative dedicated to improving the lives of small-scale farmers by selling high-quality coffee on the international fair trade market. Video by Michael Kientz

Fair Trade

WCCN helps small-scale coffee farmers increase their income and access to international fair trade markets by lending to coffee cooperatives.  Latin American coffee cooperatives organized by small-scale farmers often lack the cash to purchase their members' coffee harvest.  When this happens, farmers often sell to independent buyers--for a lower price--or wait months for the cooperative to process, sell and export their crops before receiving payment for the crops.  Waiting for payment often causes undue hardship on small-scale farmers living at subsistence levels.  By providing short-term loans to coffee cooperatives at the time of harvest, WCCN can ensure small-scale farmers are receiving a fair price for their coffee.

1.3 million farmers in more than 70 countries are represented by the fair trade movement.  Want more info about the Fair Trade Movement?