Fast Facts on CENFROCAFE
Founded in 1999
Located in Jaen and San Ignacio, Cajamarca (Northern Peru)
Approximately 2,000 members in over 84 local organizations
Coffee growing altitude of 1,300 to 2,000 meters
Diversification projects: roasted coffee (and cafe in downtown Jaen!), agricultural training program (young "promotores" are trained to train farmers
Central Fronteriza del Norte de Cafetaleros (CENFROCAFE)
CENFROCAFE spans the lush provinces of Jaen and San Ignacio in northern Peru. The cooperative was founded in 1999 with 220 small-scale coffee farmers in eleven community-based associations. Nearly ten years after their founding, CENFROCAFE was serving serves approximately 2,000 farmers in over 80 organizations located in twelve districts within the region of Cajamarca. They have an average yield for their organic production of about 15 quintal (100 lbs of parchment) per hectare and growing altitudes ranging from 1,300 to 2,000 meters.
From technical assistance and quality control workshops for their farmers to economic and leadership training for the young people in their rural communities, CENFROCAFE works not only to support the commercial endeavors of its members but also to facilitate the development of the community. They provide loans that help farmers cover the costs of the harvest and materials in the coffee production as well as the costs of sending their children to school. The cooperative alliance with CEPICAFE, OROVERDE, and NORANDINO – all like-minded associations with a similar vision and objective – has provided important services to thousands of small-scale farmers (members and non-members alike) in Northern Peru, who without a strong organization would have otherwise been abandoned without access to even the most basic health, education, and other social services.
CENFROCAFE founding member and formerpresident of the producer Board of Directors, Anselmo Huaman Moreto explains: “A huge difference in our lives is that now our children can actually go to school, our coffee is being recognized in the market for the quality we produce, and our members can be proud again to be farmers.”
Cooperative Coffees began importing coffee from the CENFROCAFE in 2004, buying one container for 2005. Since then, our relationship with the coop has flourished both in coffee purchases as well as in efforts to improve quality and develop their member services. They are active members of Coop Sol and helped host the AGM in Peru in 2010.
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