The Cooperativa dos Agricultores Familiares de Poco Fundo e Regiao LTDA (COOPFAM) is an association of small-scale farmers located in the state of Minas Gerais in south-eastern Brazil. Their roots date back to the 1980s when the catholic organization "Pastoral Do Tierra" started organizing small farmers in the town of Poco Fundo under the philosophy of land stewardship and sustainable agruculture. The organization was formally established in 1991 when seventy-six families from the Pastoral Do Tierra united to form the the Association of Small Producers From Poco Fundo. Since then, their goal has been improve the living standard of farmers and to reduce poverty and emigration by increasing productivity through sustainable agriculture and to sustain the quality of family-oriented agriculture in the region.
Recognizing the benefits of Fair Trade, Coopfam became Fair Trade certified in 1998 and began exporting to the United States in 2003.
The organization, recognizing the demand for organic certified coffees, has been actively pursuing a program of organic transition with their members. Of over 140 containers of production, COOPFAM had historically produced about 5 containers of certified organic coffee. In 2019, enough farmers underwent the three-year organic transition process that two more organic containers were available. Cooperative Coffees was thus able to bring its first container of organic coffee from Brazil in over 10 years.
Cooperativa dos Agricultores Familiares de Poco Fundo e Região LTDA
Social Premium Investment: 2018 Crop YearFair Trade Certification guarantees 20 cents/lb of the price paid a producer organization is set aside as a social premium. How this money is invested is a decision taken collectively by the general assembly of members at the end of each harvest. Below is a break down of how producers in this organization chose to spend their fair trade premium.
OperationsAdministrative Management Commercial department Institutional promotio Coffee preparation, insurance, market hedge Quality department
Community DevelopmentSocial projects for coop members Social project for community
Improve YieldsTechnical department support Quality and productivity workshops Organic production incentive program Ecosystem maintenance, environmental projects
Additional IncomeIncentive for specialty program farmers