Guatemala Huehuetenango CODECH Coop FTO
Caramel, coffee cherry and berry flavors with juicy acidity and a soft mouthfeel.
Region: Concepcion Huista, Huehuetenango
Farm: Various smallholder farmers of CODECH
Variety: Bourbon, Caturra, Catuai, Pache
Certifications: Fair Trade USDA Organic
Altitude: 1400–1900 masl
CODECH (Coordinator of Organizations for the Development of Concepcion Huista) is a second-tier organization located in the municipality of Concepcion Huista in the department of Huehuetenango in Guatemala. It comprises 10 different member organizations.
CODECH was founded in 1998, as representatives of the member organizations were in search of alternative development programs for the community in Concepcion Huista. One of CODECH’s main objectives is the participation of women in society and the workforce. Gregorio, the general manager of CODECH, is also pushing for farmers to renovate their farms. He believes they could be producing about three times their current volume on average.
The organization's organic certification is not only indicative of its commitment to being environmentally friendly but also to be independent of transnationals which produce fertilizers. They also want independence from the price of oil (used in fertilizers). Gregorio also believes that there is a growing market for organic products and wants to meet that demand.
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