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Coordinadora Latinoamericana y del Caribe de Comercio Justo (CLAC)
CLAC is the Latin American and Caribbean Network of Small Fair Trade Producers.
CLAC’s mission is to be an organ of representation, coordination, exchange and collaboration for the strengthening of cooperative organizations of small producers from Latin American and the Caribbean within the framework of Fair Trade.
Overview of Fairtrade in Latin America & the Caribbean
CLAC has its origins in the Latin American Network of Small Coffee Producers (CLA, or "Coordinadora"), and in the Latin American Network of Small Beekeepers (PAUAL), both of them founded in 1996.
During the fifth Regional Assembly of the CLA, which took place in August 2004 in Oaxaca, Mexico, CLAC was established as a legal entity, thus incorporating representatives of small Latin American and Caribbean Fairtrade Certified Producers.
Membership of CLAC is open to Fairtrade Certified Small Farmer organizations. Currently CLAC consists of nearly 300 small producer organizations in twenty countries of the region, organized as national multi product networks or "Coordinadoras".
CLAC estimates that the number of families of affiliated small producers exceeds 200,000, thus covering more than a million people.
For more information on CLAC, you can visit their website: www.clac-comerciojusto.org
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