In 1927 the Colombian coffee growers organized themselves to create an institution that would represent them both nationally, and internationally defend their rights and seek ways to improve their quality of life. Since the Colombian Coffe Growers Federation (FNC) came to exist, it has become probably the largest rural NGO in the world. It is a non-profit organization and is not affiliated with any political party.
Since the beginning, our Federation has been the foremost coffee association in Colombia, with presence in every rural region where coffee is grown. The work of the Federation revolves around the coffee growers and their families ensuring Colombian Coffee is grown in a sustainable manner, strengthening common interests within coffee-growing communities while positioning Colombian Coffee as the best coffee in the world.
Our Federation represents more than 500 thousand families dedicated to growing coffee through an organization that is characterized as profoundly democratic. It has developed a complex infrastructure of federated representation that promotes collaboration and joint decisions which address the interests of coffee growers and their families. In this way Colombian coffee growers have arrived at the necessary consensus to develop programs and actions for their own well being.
We seek, by different means, to reach our goal of improving the quality of life of Colombian coffee growers. The FNC also supports Colombian growers in different areas such as: research and development to optimize the costs of production and improve the quality of coffee, technical assistance to coffee growers through the Extension Service, development of quality practices ensuring the Colombian coffee grower receives market premiums and carries out programs to benefit the growers, their community and their environment (see Sustainability That Matters).