Sri Lanka

SOFA 
1,600 family farmers
Product: Cinnamon and ginger spices (ingredients in many Camino products)
 

SOFA (Small Organic Farmers Association) is a dedicated organic farmer group who produces organic spice & tea under Fair Trade concept. It was founded in 1997 with 183 farmers by Dr Sarath Ranaweera. SOFA is located in the central region of Sri Lanka.  In 2014, Dr. Ranaweera was awarded the Fairest Fairtrader of the World award at the first ever Fairtrade Awards ceremony held in Bonn Germany.   We have been collaborating with SOFA to provide organic spices as ingredients to Camino products since 2008.
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MOPA
800 family farmers
Product: Coconut

Coconut from Sri Lanka is known for its unique, delicious, exotic flavor and creamy natural taste, in addition to its full complement of fats, proteins, carbohydrates and other benefits. Camino sources coconut from MOPA  (Marginalized Organic Producer Association) in Sri Lanka.

MOPA is an organization consisting of integrated producer societies established by marginalized producers and workers from small biodynamic estates managed by Seethavally Bio Dynamics Pvt Ltd (subsidy of Bio Foods Pvt Ltd). Marginalized producers are the small farmers, and medium scale producers with less than 50 permanent employees, who undergo difficulties in obtaining a justifiable price for their product in the market. MOPA brings together and connects these small and medium scale farming communities in Sri Lanka with product end-users, in order to contribute to the enhancement of natural process organic production, while encouraging sustainable development.

Members of MOPA dedicate 75% of their fairtrade premium to fund projects proposed by the farmers themselves with a significant portion being allocated directly to individual farmers. Their primary focus is to improve productivity, product quality and sustainable production methods by improving the living conditions of the farmers. The remaining 25% of the premium is used as a management fund.

In 2014, MOPA received the award for “Best Small Producer Organization in Asia” at the Fairtrade Awards ceremony held in Bonn Germany as recognition for their great work and achievements.

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