Address: Sullana, Peru
About Us / CEPIBO (Central Association of Small Producers of Organic Bananas) History: Peru’s hot arid climate is ideal for organic banana production and in the late 90’s, the government began promoting organic farming in the region. For the first few years of harvest, there was weak communication between the farmers and each farmer, with less than 1 hectare of land, did not have the volume or power to negotiate a fair price with the multinational banana companies. In response, the growers united and created the Central Association of Small Producers of Organic Bananas (CEPIBO). This non-profit organization run by the growers provided access to the international market and the benefits of fair trade. In 2008, CEPIBO successfully exported its first container of Fair Trade Organic bananas. Equal Exchange/Oké USA became their first USA partner in mid-2010. Today, CEPIBO consists of 1400 families operating 1450 hectares of land. All land is owned by the farmers themselves who are now paid above the minimum $11.40 Fair Trade price per box. The transition has prompted production improvements including the building of three new packing stations greatly increasing efficiency and capacity. Together CEPIBO producers continue to use their fair price to improve operations, their communities and livelihoods. Next time you buy bananas, look for the Equal Exchange label. By choosing Equal Exchange bananas you are aligning yourself with these small farmers and becoming a part of the banana revolution.