Besides my role as administrator for the Coffee Producers Association Manabí (ASPROINCAM), I am a coffee farmer too. The biggest difficulty we have identified in the last five years has been the low coffee price, due to the lack of technology in our post-harvest processes. Our association has emerged as a solution to the province’s small coffee farmers, however we needed to improve organisational processes to offer better services to our members.
With Swisscontact’s support, we have strengthened our association. Through management, we have been able to access infrastructure that allows us to carry out better post-harvest processes for coffee, and the institution has allowed us to access training in order to improve ASPROINCAM’s administration, organisation and management – to the benefit of our associates.
Swisscontact has facilitated the visit of an international expert (SEC Mission), who has trained us in the proper techniques of coffee roasting, in order to achieve better quality and a higher price for the coffee we produce. Thanks to Swisscontact, we have understood that the processes we carry out must be sustainable and that we as an association are able to manage ourselves in order to offer quality services to our members.
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