LIBERATION is a partnership of small-scale farmers from around the world, alternative
trading organisations in the UK, charities and consumers who love high quality, Fairtrade
Liberation was established by the two pioneers of Fairtrade, Twin and Equal Exchange.
With the support of Comic Relief, The Hunter Foundation and others, Liberation Foods
was established as a Community Interest Company (CIC). Liberation’s “community of
interest” is smallholder farmers and gatherers in Africa, Asia and Latin America
and consumers in the UK and around the world.The largest stake in Liberation (42%)
is owned by a co-operative of eleven farmers’ groups from eight countries in Africa,
Asia and Latin America. Farmers receive a fair price for their produce, have seats
on the board of the company and participate in any profits it makes.
The International Nut Producers’ Cooperative (INPC):
ACERM – This association of Brazil Nut gatherers is situated in the Natural Reserve
of Manuripi in the Pando department of Bolivia. It has around 120 members and each
has a plot of around 500 hectares.
APRAINORES – This is an association of more than 60 small scale farmers in the arid
south of west of El Salvador.
COINACAPA – is an association of Bolivian Brazil nut gatherers.
DEL CAMPO – represents more than 3,000 families in Nicaragua
FTAK - The Fair Trade Alliance Kerala has 3,200 cashew producing members in India.
IKURU – represents about 8,500 members growing ground nuts in Mozambique.
MASFA – represents about 2,700 ground nut farmers in Malawi.
RONAP - The Recolectores Orgánicos Nuez Amazónica de Perú was formed in 2003 and
includes 65 member families which produce organic -Fairtrade Brazil nuts all sold
to the Fairtrade market.
“Since we started the co-operative it’s as if we’ve gained our freedom. It feels
like we’re not slaves any more. We have more income, more work and more dignity.”