BUSINESS: Central Agricultural Cooperative of the Valleys of Sandia (CECOVASA)
CITY: Peru
Country: Peru
The Coffee Growers Cooperatives of the Sandía Valley Central, CECOVASA, or "La Central" was founded in 1970 by five cooperatives that merged to export directly, get better prices and share costs; it now has 8 cooperatives that bring together 4581 producers. La Central exports more than 75% of the coffee production of the Tambopata and Inambari valleys on the eastern slopes of the Andes in southern Peru. The production of both valleys represents 2% of the national total. Located on the slopes of the Eastern Andes it works with Aymara and Quechua smallholder producers throughout Puno who have lived for generations in the highlands of the Sandia Valley where the fertile soils are ideal for growing coffee.