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Fairtrade: Solidarity links between producers and consumers

NSC’s contribution to the Fairtrade movement:

Who we work with

  • Union of Agricultural Cooperatives (UCA) SOPPEXCCA, Jinotega, northern Nicaragua was founded in 1997, entering the international coffee market two years later. In 2012 SOPPEXCCA was made up of 650 producers and their families are organised into 15 cooperatives. http://soppexcca.org/en/
  • UCA CECOCAFEN, Matagalpa, northern Nicaragua, set up in 1997, 2,637 producers in ten co-operatives
  • PRODECOOP, Esteli, 2,300 producers 38 co-operatives http://prodecoop.com
  • UCA Miraflor, 417 members, 15 co-operatives http://ucamiraflor.com
  • In the UK NSC is an associate member of the Fairtrade Foundation. http://www.fairtrade.org.uk

See also

 

Women's fair trade study tour members Kerry Starkey
and Joan Smith with Pedro Sanchez, president of the
San Antonio Co-operative. Photo: Karen Lawson

The Nicaraguan perspective

We are a cooperative and we have benefited from NSC’s exchange programme between Nicaragua and the UK. It is enormously important that we visit Europe and other countries, see where our products are sold so that we can understand how our products are marketed. NSC has organised groups from the UK to visit us to share ideas and experiences. This has been a very positive initiative, because we get to know and understand each other, see our different visions and share our common goals.

Fatima Ismael, UCA SOPPEXCCA

The UK perspective

In Nicaragua I was able to experience what life is like at the other end of the consumer chain, and witness how important it is that we in the North at least pay a fair price for the products we consume. I am more committed than ever to promoting fair trade. I believe it is a real opportunity to challenge the vast inequalities that exist in the world between the rich and the poor.

Participant in NSC fair trade study tour to Nicaragua