The Branches of the FNC

National Congress of Coffee Growers

This is the maximum authority of the Federation. It is composed of by the delegates to the departments (States) where the Departmental Committees of coffee growers work. They are elected in six districts by direct vote of federated coffee growers every four years in the coffee elections. For every lead delegate a supplementary one is chosen.The National Congress of Coffee Growers convenes regularly at the end of November every year. During its sessions the Administration of the Federation presents its briefings. The Congress studies the current issues affecting the Colombian coffee industry and dictates the means by which it considers adequate to respond. The Congress also adopts initiatives that try to improve the performance of the institutions and coffee organizations, approves the budgets and its management policies.

National Committee of Coffee Growers

This committee is composed by the representatives of the Colombian National Government and by the FNC's Board of Directors. The Government participates through various ministries: Treasury, Agriculture, Trade and the director of National Planning. The FNC is represented by one delegate from each Departmental Committee.

The National Committee establishes the policies for domestic coffee industry. They are defined between FNC and the Colombian Government, and directs the representation of Colombian coffee grower's interests in the international arena. Additionally it defines the policies and programs financed by the resources of the National Coffee Fund. The National Committee convenes several times a year.

Board of Directors

This committee is integrated by a representative from each of the 15 Departmental Committees of Coffee Growers. Their names are presented for approval to the National Congress of Coffee Growers. The Board of Directors usually meets twice a month.

It is responsible for following up on the Congress' mandates and to transmit the Departmental Committees requests. It is also in charge of approving the administration proposals.

Departmental Committees of Coffee Growers

There is a Departmental Committee of Coffee Growers in each department (state or province) that produces more than 2% of the total national production of coffee. There are 15 Departmental Committees of Coffee Growers in Colombia (Antioquia, Boyacá, Caldas, Cauca, Cesar-Guajira, Cundinamarca, Huila, Magdalena, Nariño, Norte de Santander, Quindío, Risaralda, Santander, Tolima and Valle) located in the capital cities of the respective departments. The members of the Departmental Committees are elected during the Coffee Elections, in six electoral districts per department, by direct vote of the federated coffee growers. They represent the coffee growers in their regions of origin and transmit their difficulties, priorities, and needs to the Federation´s administration. The Federation's representatives from each department convene weekly or whenever needed. They organize and orient coffee growers, and communicate the decisions taken at the national and regional level.

Every Departmental Committee has members that are part of the Federation's administration. They are led by an Executive Director who is in charge of carrying out the various plans and programs and coordinating the efforts of the Extension Service in their regions.

Municipal Committees of Coffee Growers

There is a Municipal Committee of Coffee Growers within each municipality that possesses at least 440 federated coffee growers and that has an annual production of at least 60 thousand arrobas of parchment coffee (one “arroba” equals 12.5 kilos). There are 366 Municipal Committees of Coffee Growers, responsible for the organization and representation of local coffee growers. The members are elected by coffee  coffee growers from their respective municipalities during the Coffee Elections. The Municipal Committees convene frequently to identify the needs and strengths of their communities, and to present potential projects to the Departmental Committees with the purpose of finding resources for their implementation.

Federated Coffee Growers

The federated coffee growers are those who have accredited thei r condition by means of an Intelligent Coffee ID. This document is obtained by demonstrating that the beneficiary is a permanent coffee grower, in an area of land of at least 0. 50 hectares and with at least 1,500 planted coffee trees. Those who do not meet these requirements have a different document an Intelligent Card for coffee growers. They receive the benefit of the services provided by the FNC and the National Coffee Fund resources. The Federation, through its Extension Service and its SICA database, regularly updates the information regarding the coffee farms of all coffee producers in the country.
The minimums established of planted area and trees ensure that elected coffee growers have a substantial dedication to coffee production andthus, have a legitimate interest in the future of the national coffee industry. In their condition as federated producers, they can vote or be elected during the Coffee Elections.