Twenty-five coffee farmers who are cooperative members belonging to the Grupo de Asesores de Producción Orgánica y Sustentable, S.C. (known as “GRAPOS”) in southern Mexico have recently been inspected and certified by Control Union as Bird Friendly producers. Together, these small-scale producers offer nearly 4 containers (140,000 lbs) of Bird Friendly coffee each harvest. The harvest months for this area, which lies near the El Triunfo Biosphere Reserve in Chiapas, are December to March. The member farms are rural and humble, and as good land stewards, they are the first line of actors in linking conservation to the market place. With some 150 hectares in production from these few growers, the coming harvests might find more farmers from the GRAPOS organization joining the BF program via inspections and certification as they see the benefits of this shade certification.
- from Smithsonian Zoological Park blog
GRAPOS is a small coffee producer organization located near the town of Tapachula in the southern Mexican state of Chiapas. The organization represents small coffee farmers, most of whom come from the communities of Unión Juárez, Cacahoatan, and Tapachula, all within Chiapas. GRAPOS provides essential services to its members including access to finance, technical assistance and community development programs. According to the organization, Fair Trade has helped the cooperative become more organized.
- from Fair Trade USA