Peruvian coffee, among the best of South America

Peruvian coffee, among the best of South America

Peruvian coffee is renowned for its quality and aroma; as such it occupies a special place on national and international markets.

Peru has the perfect growing conditions for coffee. Currently, Peru is the world's eight largest coffee producing country, and the third within South America. Slowly but steadily, the interest to grow organic and fair trade coffee has increased across the country. Of Peru's total coffee production, 11% is certified organic, and 2% is high quality coffee.

34% of Peru's inhabitants are small-scale farmers. Within the coffee sector, 223,738 small-scale farmers and their families are responsible for 70% of the national coffee production, on about 425,400 hectares of land. Producing and selling coffee is their key source of income. By becoming a member of producer organisations, these coffee farmers can gain access to specialty coffee markets, which brings them significant comparative advantages.

Rikolto believes it is crucial to work with producer organisations, to improve their level of professionalism and their business capacities. But not only the commercial aspect needs attention; also the productive aspect. Resilience to climate change is a specific focus point of our work, among others through the introduction of new, "climate-proof" agricultural practices.

Besides economic and environmental sustainability, we also strive to more sustainability on a social level within these producer organisations, by further promoting the participation of women and youth. Rural youth can be a motor of change and innovation, if the right, encouraging organisational structures are in place and they are integrated within the organisation and the production of coffee. This gains even more importance as the average age of coffee farmers -50 years old at this moment- continues to grow.

Cooperativa Agraria Cafetalera La Prosperidad de Chirinos

This cooperative has been contributing to a more dynamic local economy for over 50 years. It is home to 725 small-scale coffee producers. Their coffee is certified organic and fair trade. Most of the cooperative's members live in the districts of Chirinos, La Coipa, Huarango and Tabaconas.

Among the services that the cooperative offers to its members, there are: social services, micro-finance services, and last but not least the collection and marketing of specialty coffee. And it is specialty coffee indeed: most members produce coffee at a height of more than 1400 meters above sea level, contributing to the delicate aroma of the coffee. The cooperative's coffee is recognised on national and international markets for its quality.

Cooperativa de Servicios Multiples Aprocassi

Aprocassi's office is located in the mountainous region of Cajamarca in Peru. The cooperative was founded in 2000 by a group of small-scale producers who were keen on obtaining a fair price for their coffee. Currently, the cooperative has 575 members, of whom 502 men and 73 women. It has achieved organic and fair trade certificates, and dedicates itself to collecting and commercialising coffee.

Furthermore, the cooperative offers financial services in the form of pre- and post-harvest credit, and credit for the regeneration and/or renovation of coffee plantations through the Savings and Credit Cooperative it set up, called Aprocredi.

Strategies

  • Professionalising the organisations of coffee producers by strengthening their business capacities and governance. Also, young people (men and women) should be integrated into the organisations to improve their sustainability.
  • Contributing to a better use of the market opportunities for quality coffee.
  • Generating sustainable, inclusive business models between the organisations of coffee producers and the coffee buyers, while looking to further social and environmental impacts through these relations.
  • Boosting multi-stakeholder platforms in Peru's coffee sector.

Duration of the programme

2017-2021

What do we hope to achieve?

  • Improving the business capacities of both organisations to ensure they become competitive players in the coffee market.
  • Youth and women are active members of both organisations, as managers, technical personnel or producers, and contribute to generating entrepreneurship and sustainability in the area.
  • Aprocassi and Chirinos gain access to certification services, to improve processes for quality management and to improve sales volumes.
  • Private enterprises develop inclusive and sustainable business models that can be replicated and shared in multi-stakeholder fora.
  • There is a favourable environment for the production and marketing of specialty and quality coffee in Peru.

Achieved results

  • The leadership of both organisations has improved through the implementation of management tools, strengthened capacities of leaders, streamlined internal processes, and improved strategic and financial plans.

  • Long-term strategic relations have been created with enterprises that roast and buy coffee.

  • Processes to integrate more women and youth within the organisations are being set up.

Belgian Directorate General for Development

Paola Mercado
Paola Mercado
Program Coordinator Peru