PRODECOOP is second-degree cooperative organization that groups 38 grassroots cooperatives made up of 2,300 small producers, 27% of which are women.
These producers and their respective cooperatives are located in the departments of Esteli, Madriz and Nueva Segovia, in northern Nicaragua. On average, they export 30,000 coffee bags, of which 50% of the total volume is organic and Fair Trade certified.
Over it’s existence, PRODECOOP has developed a long line of programs that aim to support their members in a multitude of different ways. They are able to fund these programs using their Fair Trade premium.
Study Through Coffee
Each year 3,000 packages of school supplies and backpacks are delivered to school children, encouraging school attendance and proficiency.
A fund exists that gives women producers, producers’ wives, and producers’ daughters access to loans. This allows for ventures and opportunities such as starting small businesses. Once a loan is payed off, one can apply for more.
Promoters trained in the prevention of cervical cancer give talks to interested members. Healthcare provision and raised awareness has allowed for screening of more than 3,000 women so far. This program is made possible through Grounds For Health and Nicaragua’s Ministry of Health.
Productivity and Quality
This program is directly focused on increase both quality and productivity of coffee by means of education of pest and disease control, diversification of varieties, and specifically combating leaf rust.
Food Security and Sovereignty
As most of the producing families are very small in size, the recent changes in climate patters has a greater effect on the livelihoods of smallholders. This program is dedicated to educating people on diversifying their food securities through the farming of different crops and maintaining livestock, such as chickens, pigs, and cattle.
PRODECOOP is a cooperative organization comprising 38 smaller member cooperatives and more than 2,300 farmer members. About 30 percent of the membership is female. The cooperative is certified Fairtrade and 100 percent of its members participate. The average annual export for the co-op is 30,000 bags, about half of which is certified organic.