National Networks are a very important part of CLAC’s structure, since they constitute its extension into participating countries and its operational strength. National Networks are made up of fair trade small producers’ organizations in each country, representing a range of products.

It is important to point out that the National Networks have their own decision-making processes and structures.

Some of the important activities carried out by each National Network are:

  1. Organize CLAC members in each country and represent CLAC in each country.
  2. Hold at least one General Assembly every year.
  3. Ensure CLAC’s updated membership.
  4. Recommend to Small Producers’ Organizations that they comply with the pertinent requirements for membership in CLAC.
  5. Coordinate communication between CLAC and Small Producers’ Organizations.
  6. Serve as the point of contact with each of the specific product networks operating in the particular country.
  7. At the national level, seek mechanisms for influencing local policies in favor of member organizations.
  8. Assure that the information available on each member organization is updated, in terms of amounts, locations, contacts, etc.
  9. Formulate, present and coordinate projects aimed at the sustainability and organizational strengthening of Small Producers’ Organizations.
  10. Seek and maintain close relations with funding sources at national and international levels, in coordination with Networks, in order to offer opportunities to Small Producers’ Organizations.
  11. Orient CLAC’s actions, strategies and vision with Small Producers’ Organizations.
  12. Provide the information required for newsletters, web pages and other means of communication for increasing the visibility of CLAC and thus of member organizations.
  13. Facilitate the appointment of delegates to CLAC’s Assembly.