Peru is a country where smallholders on the whole face many disadvantages. AVSF got involved in Peru to help build the capacities of four producer organizations. AVSF’s work strives to achieve the following objectives:
Thanks to the work of AVSF, CEPIBO has become the first organization of Peruvian banana producers to export its production directly to lucrative markets. The organization has therefore become a reference for other organizations of banana producers in Peru, which are typically under contracts with other companies that export their goods. Moreover, CEPIBO’s commerical activity has also made it possible to regulate the price of bananas on the local markets, to the benefit of producers who do not belong to an organization.
Through this activity, AVSF has helped reduce the vulnerability of the smallholder families within these organizations with respect to climate risks and dependancy on a single market. AVSF has done so by encouraging smallholders to diversify and add value to their production so that they can increase their income and improve their living conditions. Moreover, by strengthening CNCJ Peru, AVSF has helped to improve the representation and defense of the interests of smallholder families who are organized at the national level and involved in the fair-trade system. From 2008 to 2013, the number of organizations within the association has grown from 22 to 60.