Coffee Elections

The Coffee Elections are the base of our legitimacy as representatives of the Colombian coffee growers. Although there are many organizations in the world interested in the well-being of coffee producers, none can demonstrate the representation and geographic scope of the Federation. The election of coffee grower's leaders has been an instrument to allow the FNC to understand the true needs and complexities of the Colombian coffee industry and interpret the grower's true interests. The Federation's elected grass root leaders convey those needs in an efficient manner. They are characterized by their vocation to lead and serve their peers, and their interest to participate in their communities’ development.

The regular elections of the members to the various branches of the FNC guarantee that the Federation's representatives permanently consult the necessities and priorities of the producers. This explains why the elections are the event of greatest significance for our leaders. Among them the leadership of the Federation is chosen. It is composed of by the delegates to the National Congress of Coffee Growers, and the members of the departmental (states) and municipal committees.

The last Coffee Elections were held on September 2006. The members to 356 Municipal Committees and 15 Departmental Committees were elected then. In these elections more than 201,000 federated coffee growers participated, 25% more than the prior elections in 2002. Of the more than 12,000 who announced their candidature for diverse positions within the Federation, the coffee growers elected 4,452 for the Municipal and Departmental Committees.

Significant Results from the Previous Coffee Elections