Juan Marco El Palto producer association
The Asociación de Productores Cafetaleros Juan Marco El Palto – in short, JUMARP – was founded by José Carranza Barboza in 2003, together with 35 other smallholder farmers. They created the association in a desire to develop a new model of growing and exporting coffee.
Social and environmental awareness
Coffee production in the Amazonian Andes of northern Peru, where JUMARP is active, started in the 1950s. Farming practices relied heavily on the use of agrochemicals for a long time. After many decades, this group decided to change the old ways and start sustainable coffee production in harmony with the native forest. They also realized that united they would stand stronger in the commercialization of their coffee. This way, and by obtaining certification, they want to guarantee a steady income for their members and to improve the living standards of the community.
Its 188 members all produce organic and fair trade certified coffees. One of the priorities of the association over the past two years has been increasing productivity. To achieve this, JUMARP invests half of the premium they receive in crop renovation and conversion to organic farming methods. The fund for education programs and the construction of schools receive another large chunk of the premium. The remaining part goes into the payment of the association’s permanent staff.