Origin Information

Grower
Cooperativa dos Agricultores Familiares de Poço Fundo e Região (COOPFAM)
Variety
Mundo Novo, Catuai
Region
Poço Fundo, Minas Gerais, Brazil
Harvest
April - September
Altitude
800 - 1,300 meters
Soil
Clay Minerals
Process
Full Natural and dried in the sun
Certifications
Fair Trade, Organic

Background Details

Cooperativa dos Agricultores Familiares de Poço Fundo e Região (COOPFAM) is an association of small-scale farmers located in the state of Minas Gerais in southeastern Brazil. The group was formed from a collective desire to improve the living standard of farmers, and to reduce poverty and emigration. In 1991, seventy-six families united to form the cooperative, determined to increase the productivity of their small plots and sustain the quality of family-oriented agriculture in the region. COOPFAM has beenFair Trade certified by Fair-trade Labeling Organizations International (FLO) since 1998 and began exporting to the United States in 2003.