Walking Towards a Political Impact
San José, April 14th (CSF).- The board of directors of Cooperativas sin Fronteras established during the reunión, in San José Costa Rica, that they are going to have a more active presence in the movement of the world and international market.
Brazil, Peru, Costa Rica, Guatemala, and Italy attended to the reunión, in which they discussed administrative, managerial and financial aspects. As well, options for better operation and strengthen of the collective. Also, an update of what is happening in every región and European market was given.
The main goal of the event was to discuss the future of the collective in relation with the worldwide changing context, related with markets, productivity, and climate change; as well, security and food sovereignty. Santiago Paz is considered one of the most powerful spokesmen for the small scale producers of Latin America. He said: “there are plenty of topics of which Cooperativas sin Fronteras is going to stand up with a more tenacious emphasis”.
Peru is the third most affected country by the effects of climate-changing; and, Piura is one of the regions more impacted, mentioned Paz while he was remembering the floods that were caused by the phenomenon El Niño. He also added that the deadly Glyphosate is another problem that Cooperativas sin Fronteras is fighting back; considering that it not only affects natural resources, ecosystems, nourishing and human health, it affects strictly against the work of ecological farmers, whom at the beginning of January 1st, 2021 are going to be ruled by the new regimentation of the European Union. The new policies establish that an organic product is going to lose its category of organic if the analysis detects the presence of a pollutant like pesticides or fertilizers that are not permitted.
Concentration of cadmio
Paz also referred towards the presence of cadmium in cacao. A situation that paralyzed the South American producers like, Colombia and Peru. These countries have been working in cooperation with investigation institutes, searching for solutions that compensate the high levels of cadmium detected, not only on the seed but in all of their products. It is well known that the presence of cadmium in cacao changes depending on the production zones and different seed species. It is a serious problem for organizations like Norandino, who estimates 30% of their production being compromised. According to the policies of the Codex Alimentarius Commission of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO); the amount permitted of cadmium in Chocolate is 0,9 milligrams per kilogram.
Paz pointed out that one of the most relevant agreements is working towards the creation and design of a political strategy that contributes to the strengthening of the producer organizations; that gives them a better position and negotiation power in the markets, and of course that allows them to have a Word in political, economic, social and institutional matters. They also agreed that the next General Assembly is going to be held in June.
To the encounter attended: peruvian manager of Cooperative Norandino Santiago Paz, Costa Rican producers from the Asociación la Alianza Minor Corrales, Juanita Baltodano from Appta Talamanca, managers of the Federación Comercializadora de cafés especiales de Guatemala Juan Francisco Gonzalez and Alvaro Almengor from Cooperativa Copsiasuro R.L.; from Red Cooperativas Sin Fronteras Brazil Adriano Martins and the director and founder member of Sin Fronteras Lucio Cavazzoni.
Also, collaborators from the executive office of Sin Fronteras, managed by Rosa Bustillo Lemaire were present at the meeting that took action on March 21st- 22nd of the current year 2019.
Written by Natalia
Translated by Debora Solis