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The FNC is a democratic and federated organization that represents the interests of more than 563 thousand coffee growing families. Because of its number of guilded coffee growers, it is one of the largest agriculture NGOs in the world. Its activities are directed towards improving the well-being of coffee growers’ families by providing assistance in sustainable and competitive practices within the coffee industry as well as promoting social investments.

Founded: 1927

Headquarters: Bogota, Colombia

Foreign Offices: United States of America, Holland, Japan, China

Coffeee Growers members: aprox. 563,000


Employees: 2.655



To consolidate the coffee growing families’ social development, while guaranteeing the sustainability of coffee growing business and the positioning of Colombian Coffee as the best in the world.Governance

The FNC structure is based on coffee grower’s representatives who have been elected at the local and regional levels. They are the members of theCoffee Grower’s Municipal and Departmental Committees. There are 15 Departamental Committees (state or provincial) and 366 Municipal Committees. The election of these representatives takes place every four years. The departmental representatives also perform as their region’s delegates for  the National Coffee Congress, the highest authority of the Federation, which meets every year.


The FNC manages the National Coffee Fund. The fund is composed of contributions made by the coffee growers, the coffee sales and Juan  Valdez® brand royalties. In order to carry out its social and environmental projects, the FNC also manages resources obtained from Colombia’s national and regional governments as well as from clients and other domestic and international partners and donors.

Lines of Action

Innovation and Technology Transfer: Cenicafé is the Federation’s research center, responsible for the scientific research and technological development. It’s work is directed towards incrementing the crop’s profitability by increasing the plant’s productivity,  developing pest and disease controls, and improving the efficiency of inputs and labor. With a qualified technical team of over 1,500 members, the rural extension service is responsible for distributing the know-how and innovations to Colombian coffee growers and supporting quality practices.

Coffee Tree Renovation Programs:  With the aim of optimizing the income for coffee growers, the FNC has developed different programs that offer either cash or in kind incentives to maintain the coffee trees at their optimal level of productivity. This, in order to replace aged coffee trees and obsolete technologies, and promote agriculture associated with coffee. In 2011, 117.000 hectares where renowed through these programs, 43% more than in 2010.

Purchase Guarantee and Coffee Commercialization: Through a network of 36 coffee cooperatives with  540 purchase points, the FNC guarantees to all Colombian coffee growers the full purchase of their harvest at a fair and transparent price that is based on current international prices. The widespread distribution of the points of purchase in the regions encourages competition within the internal market so that producers obtain the best possible prices. In this ways the FNC accomplishes its aim of ensuring that all Colombian coffee growers receive the best possible price, minimizes the possibility that intermediaries and speculators  take a portion of the price paid by international markets. As a result of implementing the Purchase Guarantee policy, in 2008 the FNC participated with 27% of total national coffee exports (approximately 3 million 60 kilo bags), thus becoming the

Quality and added value: The FNC develops campaigns for the adequate management of crops, pests and diseases. Through Almacafé,  it implements quality controls of every lot of coffee that is exported from Colombia. Also, the Federation promotes harvesting special coffees, which it successfully commercialized, approximately 1.10 million 60 of kilo bags in 2008. Other added value initiatives for coffee commercialization include: Buencafé Freeze Dried Colombian Coffee, the largest freeze-dried coffee factory in the world, factory with sales surpassing $121 million USD in 2011, and Procafecol, FNC’s holding company for most added value projects which as of mid  2011 operates nearly 173 Juan Valdez® Coffee Shops and sold Juan Valdez® roasted and freeze dried coffee in over 6,189 supermarkets in Colombia and around the world.

Promotion and Advertising: In order for consumers to recognize the quality of Colombian Coffee, the FNC has run several promotional campaigns throughout its history. Within these advertisements, Juan Valdez has represented the values of the typical Colombian coffee grower. The 100% Colombian Coffee® program with its well recognized triangular logo has been developed as a co-branding tool to leverage 100% Colombian Coffee brands. Coffee roasters that have licenses to use the 100% Colombian Coffee® logo sell their brands across the globe.

Sustainability That Matters

: FNC joins forces with diverse domestic and international entities to carry out programs affect in a positive way coffee farms, communities, the environment and the coffee growers access to technology and connectivity. FNC implemented several projects in Colombia’s rural areas to improve communities’ and residential infrastructure as well as credit access and other social programs healthcare, education, food aid programs, and transportation. In 2011 the FNC invested $408 million USD in such programs. Some of the results of FNC’s actions in 2010 - 2011 include:
Road construction: 2.454 km since 2002


  • Sewer structures built:                       4.996 since 2002
  • Health Social Security Afiliation:       109 thousand people
  • Housing improvement:                      More than 31.000 houses since 2003
  • Hospitals and health centers:          328 since 2003
  • Educational infrastructure:                3.137 classrooms built since 2002
  • Improved tertiary roads:                     84.809 km  since  2002 to 2010

Thanks to its solid reputation as an NGO, the FNC is in a position to enlist several allies to develop its Sustainability That Matters Programs. These allies include many entities of the Colombian Government such as the Program for Social Action of the Government of the Republic of Colombia, The Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, the Ministry of Education, SENA, FOSYGA, INVIAS, departmental governments, municipalities, and the ICBF.  In the international arena some of the Federation’s noteworthy partners include: the IADB, UNDP, KfW, USAID, Sara Lee, Nespresso, Nestlé, AECID, Mitsubishi, the Flemish Government, EFICO, GTZ, FUNDESO, and the Costa Coffee Foundation. 


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