Central de Servicios Cafetaleros del Nor Oriente (CECANOR) is a cooperative of coffee farmers from the Lambayeque region of Peru, established in 1999 as a partnership between three regional cooperatives. Since its inception, the co-op has been committed to quality production, environmental preservation and community development. Half of co-op members are small producers located in areas of extreme poverty. The organization has prioritized using resources towards capacity building and member empowerment.
All of CECANOR’s producers now have additional production areas and have purchased some means of transportation. The members now have goals of furthering the education of their children, and many currently have children attending university. Fair Trade premiums established a technical assistance program that provides access to credit so members can increase productivity on their farms. This program also aims to increase quality through harvest and post-harvest management, field trips and certification.