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Seedlings being prepared in the COSAHEC coffee nurseries   The quality of the compost is important for optimal coffee production
Coffee trees on COSAHEC smallholdings
Schoolchildren of Carice: thanks to the efforts of the co-operatives and RECOCARNO, smallholders can increasingly afford to invest in education for their children.

On 21st June 2003, Mme Véronique Jean-Pierre from COSAHEC collected the René Dumont Prize for 2003, which had been awarded to RECOCARNO.

Mme Jean-Pierre is a coffee producer and the co-ordinator of the coffee co-operative of her town of Carice. Mme Jean-Pierre's coffee has been sold to Fairtrade importers since 1997, and through this association she is able to earn over five times more than she would in the local speculative market. Without the safeguards of the Fairtrade floor price of $1.26 per pound, RECOCARNO members would be sharing the plight of other coffee farmers who are suffering acute poverty and even malnutrition, and with no possibilities of investment in their children's future through education.

A 37-year-old mother of five children, Mme Jean-Pierre grows coffee on 1.60 hectares of land in the town of Carice. Before RECOCARNO and the opportunity to sell to Fairtrade, speculators paid 3 gourdes per pound. Now the selling price for the coffee (which is sold under the Max Havelaar label is 16-17 gourdes per pound.

Mme Jean-Pierre has been a member of COSAHEC for 13 years and has been a co-ordinator for two years. COSAHEC currently has 819 member, with women making up 45% if this number. The proportion of women holding managerial and decision-making roles in the co-operatives has steadily increased, in addition to other roles in the cultivation and processing of fine coffee for the Fairtrade export market.

Click here to see details of the Abraham Shepherd Prize presented to Mme St Cregis of COSAHEC.

Located in the Carice area of the North-East Department, the Coopérative Sainte Hélène de Carice Saint Helen (Cooperative of Carice) is one of the largest of the RECOCARNO co-operatives. There is a single washing station, in Carice, processing only coffee from COSAHEC's 1,200 smallholder members.

Milling is carried out on site before the green coffee is transported to Cap-Haïtien ready for export.

Thanks to the higher price and bonus that I get with the co-op, I can now afford to pay for my course fees.
Alphonse Logis, a 31 year old coffee farmer from COSAHEC Coop
Some facts and figures
Washing stations 1
Drying patio area (m2) 1,214
Fermentation basin (m3) 7.13
Warehouse (m3) 456
Electric de-pulping 2
Manual de-pulping 3
Electric hulling machine 1
Production total (tonnes) 40
Export total (tonnes) ??

COSAHEC coffee is grown at heights between 400 and 900 metres.

To see more inforrmation about the Carice and Mont-Organisé area click here.