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Our Partners

 

Coffee partners

Café ético is proud of its close relationship with its two major partners, the Pancasán Association of Coffee Producers (ACOPAN) and the Campesino Committee of the Highlands (CCDA).

 

The Pancasán Association of Coffee Producers (ACOPAN)

The members of ACOPAN grow high quality beans in the Matagalpa region of Northern Nicaragua. ACOPAN includes 18 coffee producing families, and is part of the Flor de Pancasán Multi-service Cooperative. ACOPAN was founded in 1990 when the Association for the Development and Diversification of Organic Agriculture (ADDAC) began working with farmers to assist them in the diversification of their land and encourage organic agriculture. This organic diversification was part of an overall strategy to rehabilitate land previously farmed by large landowners using unsustainable farming practices based on monocultures, and dependent on chemical pesticides and fertilizers and exploitative labour relations. Through their dedication to organic agriculture, ACOPAN members and other small-scale farmers in the Flor de Pancasán Cooperative have transformed once-exhausted soil to rich, fertile land where an abundance of crops and animals thrive.

 

The Campesino Committee of the Highlands (CCDA)

 
The CCDA is an indigenous peasant organization committed to social justice in Guatemala. The CCDA was founded in 1982 in response to the violence and human rights violations of Guatemala’s 36-year civil war. Political repression forced the CCDA to operate clandestinely until the early 1990’s when the Guatemalan government and the Guatemalan National Revolutionary Unity began negotiating an end to the civil war, a process in which the CCDA actively participated. When the Peace Accords were signed in 1996, the CCDA was successful in assisting many of its members obtain land. These farmers, however, did not have a market for their products, and began seeking fair trade buyers for their members’ coffee. The CCDA now exports over 50,000lbs of coffee per year to Canadian coffee importers, and uses the profits from these sales to fund their land, labour, gender, and human rights programs.

Community Partners

Café Ético is proud to collaborate with several excellent organizations on a variety of projects and initiatives:

100% of Café Ético's profits support CoDevelopment Canada and their work with grassroots organizations working for social justice in Latin America.