Food Security and Fair Trade Coffee
By Lilian Autler
April 9th, 2009
CEPCO is a Fair Trade co-operative that markets its organic coffee through our long-time ally Equal Exchange. However, given the instability of commodities markets, its members cannot rely solely on the export of coffee to build sustainable livelihoods for farmers and their communities. Grassroots International supports one of CEPCO's strategies to increase food security and diversify income sources: the Women's Vegetable Garden project. CEPCO's skill-building training programs have educated women in the practices of organic agriculture, fish farming and animal husbandry. Since 2007 CEPCO has successfully sustained 11 community-training plots as sample family vegetable gardens for the production of vegetables; trained community women on production of 10 different types of vegetables; and established 200 family production units in 15 different communities.
To learn more, read the article on Equal Exchange's blog.