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Cooperative Development Program: Equal Exchange Agricultural Cooperative Advancement and Innovation Program

Coffee tasting
Credit: Equal Exchange

Cooperative Development Organisation

Implementing Partners and Organisations

Manos Campesinas, Finca Triunfo Verde, CESMACH, Comon Yaj Noptic, Norandino, Sol y Café, Río y Valle, Manduvira, San Fernando

Period of Implementation

September 2018 - September 2024

Geographic scope

Americas: Guatemala, Mexico, Paraguay, Peru


$ 5,124,764
€ 4 880 728


Bilateral Aid: USAID


Agriculture & Fisheries, Climate & Environment, Rural Development

Type of Activity

Governance and Organizational Strengthening, Research & Study, Technical Assistance & Advisory, Training & Capacity Building, Value Chains / Socioeconomic Circuits


The project has been implementing activities to strengthen governance, such as the implementation of a school for leaders and the review of leadership succession workshops. In terms of gender, the project has promoted the creation of gender policies, supported the gender approach in the development of salary policies, and reviewed inclusion policies. In addition, we have been carrying out diagnoses to address sexual harassment in the workplace. In productivity, we are supporting field schools, productive diversification, food security through training, research and generation of strategies to address it in cooperatives. In the area of quality, measures are being implemented in the field to improve the quality of partial and final products in the value chains. Support has also been provided for tasting training.

Project Objectives

Equal Exchange will support agricultural cooperatives to strengthen their businesses by fostering a culture of innovative problem-solving, improving their capacity to provide valuable services to members and their communities, and thus work toward building a healthier, more sustainable cooperative ecosystem for all. 

Impact on SDGs

SDG1 - No Poverty
SDG2 - Zero Hunger
SDG5 - Gender Equality
SDG8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
SDG10 - Reduced Inequalities

Main Indicators

1) Percentage increase in productivity/hectare
2) Percentage increase in sales or quality premium
3) Percentage of women participating in USG-assisted programs designed to increase access to productive economic resources (assets, credit, income or employment).
4) Number of individuals trained with U.S. government assistance to promote outcomes consistent with gender equality or women's empowerment through their roles in public or private sector institutions or organizations.
5) Amount (USD$) of the cooperative's social capital (members' capital contributions)

Impact Measurement

CDP - Equal Exchange team created a excel tool to measure each indicator every year with cooperatives. Also in this excel, analysis of data and important changes can be tracked.

Direct beneficiaries

Organisations: 9

Individuals: 11512

Key Tags

Food Security, Gender, Youth