Central American and Mexico Region

The Central American and Mexico region represents about a 6% of the American Hemisphere and in it are integrated Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Panama and Mexico.

Nowadays, about 180 small producers and workers organizations are part of the dream that CLAC and Fairtrade are building. In its multiple partnerships, associations and companies are involved more than 120.000 people. In a large part of these groups predominates coffee cultivation, as well as bee-keeping, cocoa and fruit production, among other products.

Main products:

  • Mexico: coffee, honey, banana, pepper and other fruits.
  • Guatemala: coffee, honey and vegetables.
  • El Salvador: coffee, sugar cane and nuts.
  • Honduras: coffee and cocoa.
  • Nicaragua: coffee, cocoa and honey.
  • Costa Rica: coffee, cocoa, sugar cane, banana and fresh fruits.
  • Panama: banana, fresh fruits and cocoa.

Interesting facts

Interesting facts:

Close to the mountainous terrain of the Mexican Sierra Madre Oriental, the Mexican Sierra Madre Occidental and the Central American mountain range, with effort and hope is grown a large part of the coffee of small organized producers, that for its properties – with sweet notes and high in acidity – is highly valued between those who enjoy the drink in the United States, Canada, Germany and the Netherlands.

Honey is part of our work culture. The sustainable management of apiculture, not only enables better living conditions for small beekeepers, but also positively promotes the environment, fueling pollination and improving biodiversity in apicultural areas. Although, a large part of our honey goes to Germany, is from there that is redistributed to the rest of Europe.

The production landscape of the region is complemented with cocoa crops – we must remember that the historical origin of cocoa occurred in Mesoamerica -, sugar, as well as fruit production, that goes from banana, avocado, orange and citrus, among other products. Product diversity is also part of the contribution of the Mesoamerican region.

Because of its geographical closeness, a lot of the supply goes to North America (the United States and Canada), especially perishable products.

Linkage

Linkage

For a more jointed and far-reaching work, associations and cooperatives of fair trade have organized in Country Networks. Each country has its own Country Network, with the exception of Costa Rica and Panama, that have integrated into a single Network. The six Country Networks of the region maintain a live attention and service towards their partner organizations and society in general, as well as the global family of Fairtrade.

Special characteristics of the region:

This region with high biodiversity, also called Mesoamerica, is considered to be one of the eight centers of culture origin in the world. In this region, 70 indigenous languages are spoken by more than eight million inhabitants, corn cultivation has more than 5.000 years, there are 42 different genres of stingless bees and food is produced such as corn, beans, chili, tomato, among others, these are a small sample of the great contribution in this small territory.

Discover in the following infographics the development of Fair Trade!

We present the figures and impact of Fair Trade in Guatemala and Honduras.

Discover the positive impact of fair trade in coffee cultivation

The Fairtrade Finland – CLAC program: Building sustainable living conditions for small producers of coffee organizations has been developed in Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua over the past three years.

Its purpose has been to improve the living conditions of small producers of coffee and their families, through the implementation of new technological models on research. These models have allowed them to improve their plantation productivity as a way of sustainable livelihood, to contribute in reducing risks and threats of Climate Change, to implement Good Agricultural Practices that favor improvement of quality, as well as strengthening the capacities and promote gender equality and generational inclusion.

Do you know the renovation project of 8.4 hectares of coffee in a Coffee Cooperative in El Salvador?

In a farm used as a demonstration, the renovation project of 8.4 hectares of coffee was carried out in Cooperative Association of Agricultural Production El Jabalí – ACPAEJ of R.L. in El Salvador, which had been strongly affected by coffee rust.

Two years from having started the effort, now are showing the first fruits of this wonderful work done by small producers of this beautiful Salvadoran cooperative.

Do not hesitate to contact CLAC’s staff in the Central America and Mexico region to help you solve any questions regarding our work, organizations, certificates or products of Fair Trade. It will always be a pleasure to serve you!