Andean Region

The Andean Region in CLAC is composed of four countries: Peru, Colombia, Ecuador and Bolivia. There is a total of 460 small producer organizations and 50 plantations that include a total of 15.000 small producers and 5.000 rural workers.

Main products:

  • Peru: cocoa, coffee, banana, sugar cane, asparagus, granadilla, mango and avocado.
  • Colombia: coffee, banana, cocoa, gulupa, uchuva/cape gooseberry (physalis) and sugar cane.
  • Ecuador: banana, cocoa, flowers, sugar cane, quinoa and baby banana.
  • Bolivia: coffee, cocoa, chestnut (Brazilian nut) and quinoa.

Interesting facts:

  • Colombia is the country with the highest number of Fairtrade certificate plantations in the world, mostly of banana.
  • Peru is the country with the highest number of Fairtrade certificate organizations in the world.
  • Ecuador is the country with the highest growing Fairtrade exporters.
  • Bolivia is the country with largest production of chestnut and quinoa in the region.

Special characteristics of the region

Fair trade Country Networks of the Andean Region have prioritized activities related to management and advocacy in universities and local governments, achieving support and protection programs for small producers, likewise they have developed local strategies that facilitate direct marketing of products in local shops and supermarkets.

Youth inclusion is a strategic line that has shined in the region for the accomplishments made by countries such as Ecuador and Peru. Recently, in Bolivia the first national youth committee was established and in the short term the creation of a national youth committee for fair trade in Colombia will be promoted.

With regard to the environment, climate change impact processes have developed on the basis of diagnostic workshops that have produced inputs needed for the building of alliances between producers that center around agroecological system and water sources conservation.

In this strategic line it is intended to involve plantation workers so that they know the environmental conditions of their territory and have a direct impact through the investment of financial resources in critical points.

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Their coffee organizations, figures and impact

The first small coffee farmers association that managed to enter Fair Trade in Colombia was Asprocafé Ingrumá; their first export of Fair Trade in the international market was in 1992 through Expocafé, leader and pioneer in Fair Trade coffee marketing in Colombia.

Expocafé, has been the leader coffee exporter of Fair Trade in Colombia. This dynamic started in 1991 when its manager was in Europe visiting clients and coincidentally ran into the subject of Fair Trade. Initially, certificate Fair Trade in Colombia was about coffee and then covering categories such as cocoa, banana, flowers, fruits and crafts.

Do you know the Project to Increase Banana Productivity (PIP) developed by CLAC and Fairtrade?

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This initiative seeks to create a cleaner production and increase small producers’ productivity. By motivating bio-factories construction and by using as raw material the waste left by mother nature, without these being exposed to any chemical transformation. The implementation of bio-ferments fabrication, as a complement of fertility programs, produces a significant improvement in soil health, increasing biological control of pests and diseases.

All of this is possible thanks to a project that CLAC has managed with Fairtrade System Wide Projects, which seeks to improve productivity and quality levels of products from Small Producers Organizations and the social conditions with Fairtrade Premium.

Do not hesitate to contact CLAC’s staff in the Andean region to help you solve any questions regarding our work, organizations, certificates or products of Fair Trade.