Small Coffee Producers Air Grievances to FLO

Written by nema on Sep 12, 2010 in POSTS FROM THE FIELD |
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Producers and "associos" representing small-scale coffee farmers in Latin America talk to Ian Bretman, executive vice chair of the Fair Trade Labeling Organization(FLO), explain the problems they have with FLO.

A group representing small-scale coffee farmers in Latin America talked with senior leadership of the Fair Trade Labeling Organizations on Saturday to explain why they believe the Fair Trade Labeling Organizations is not working in their favor.  Among the problems cited were:

  • A minimum buying price per pound of coffee that was too low
  • The financial burden that FLO’s certification costs put on small-scale farmers
  • And the need for Fair Trade premiums to be higher

Ian Bretman, the executive vice chair of the Fair Trade Labeling Organizations who is based in the United Kingdom, admitted that the current system is not working for small-scale farmers as was intended and that he was committed to changing it for the better.

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Katy Cantrell
Sep 14, 2010 at 9:06 am

Thanks to Tripp and the Cafe Campesino team for helping to make this meeting happen. Our role as Fair Traders in the U.S. is not so much to be the voice of small-scale producers, but to use our leverage to make sure these discussions happen and producers are at the table when they do.


 

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