Alter EcoNourishing Foodie, Farmer and Field

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We believe the health, happiness and future of the families who grow our food are just as vital as our own. Through Fair Trade and direct relationships with our partner cooperatives around the world, we are helping to put delicious meals on your table and theirs.

CLICK BELOW TO SEE WHAT FAIR TRADE MEANS TO US!

 

 FAIR TRADE RELATIONSHIPS

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Eco Lodge built by sugar cane producers at Alter Trade in the Philippines, fully financed by Fair Trade premium.

 DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMS

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Quinoa producer in Bolivia with laptop, a program began by Alter Eco and partners UNFI.

 EMPOWERMENT OF WOMEN

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Women of ACOPAGRO cooperative in Peru celebrating their finished product.

FAIR TRADE RELATIONSHIPS

As proud partners of Institute of Marketecology (IMO), Fair Trade USA and the Fairtrade Labelling Organization (FLO), all of our products are Fair Trade Certified through multiple different certifiers.

This means the producers have been paid a price that ensures sustainable production and living conditions, along with a premium to support the growth and advancement of the cooperatives and their communities. 

SEE OUR YEARLY IMPACT REPORT

 

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Contract prices between Alter Eco and the supplying farmers are 10% to 30% higher than the local market price, with an additional Fair Trade premium set every year by the Fairtrade Labelling Organization (by product category and country of origin). In a global food system where farmers often carry debt three times their annual income, Fair Trade provides concrete opportunities for a stable, prosperous life. 

pieWhen producers tell us about the shift in their life after becoming a Fair Trade farmer, many describe the same proud moments you would: sending their kids to school, attending to the health of their families, and looking forward to the future. They also work together to build programs that benefit their entire community. 

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Alter Eco sources 100% of its products from small-scale, farmer-owned cooperatives. Empowered farmers working for themselves invest their money directly into improving food production and living standards.

   

DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMS

Due to our direct relationships with our cooperatives, we are able to better understand the specific needs of their communities. This allows us to work on mutually beneficial programs and provided targeted assistance. Read more about our development projects below.

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COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMS

 

 

 

COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT

 

Alter Eco and partners, UNFI, have created a laptop donation program for producer partners at ANAPQUI in Bolivia. This allows quinoa farmers to better record and manage their crops, as well as strengthen communications from the field to our home office in San Francisco. 

 

 

 

 

 

Pur Projet and Alter Eco have helped cacao producers in Acopagro, Peru, establish a nursery to grow healthier and more diverse crops along with their cacao.  To reduce local pressures on forest and biodiversity (San Martin is one the most deforested region of Peru), Alter Eco and Pur Projet set up a community reforestation program called “Alto Huayabamba”. The plantation started in 2008 and the project is now fully operational with 1.2 million trees planted (June 2013) and was validated according to the VCS standard. The objective is to plant 2 million trees over 5,680 acres of degraded land and cultivated land, practicing agro-forestry combining native trees species with cocoa trees and forestry plantations. 

 

 

  

TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE

 

By helping provide additional assistance to cooperatives and partner producers, not only do the quality of products and efficiency in which they’re made increase but the independent sustainability for each farmer becomes greater!

 

Due to Fair Trade Premiums,  our quinoa partners at Anapqui are able to work directly with an organization of highly trained agro-technicians called PROQUINAT. Farmers are able to receive education and training on protecting their crops, when to plant and harvest, and additional support through this program. 

 

 Fair Trade Premiums have also allowed our sugar partner cooperative, Alter Trade, in the Philippines to build a training center for their employees and families to visit for assistance.

 

 

EMPOWERMENT OF WOMEN

Gender equality is an important aspect of the Alter Eco business model, all the way down to the field. Read more about some initiatives Alter Eco and our partners are taking to help empower women. 

Our partners at Fair Trade Alliance Kerala have established their entire business model based around their four pillars Fair Trade + 3; Bio Diversity, Food Security and Gender Justice. 

As part of their main pillars, they emphasize strongly that all “women will assert their due role and space in both the management of the homestead farming economy and in the governance of Fair Trade Alliance Kerala”. 

 

  

 Click on pictures below to read how many of our partners are taking on strong leadership roles in their communities:

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 Guadalupe Intriago Mera, Peru

 

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