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The FNC in figures

The FNC is a democratic and federated organization that represents the interests of over 540,000 coffee-growing families. Because of its number of guilded coffee growers, it is one of the largest agricultural NGOs in the world. Its activities are directed towards improving 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: USA, Netherlands, Japan, China

Coffeee Growers members: Over 540,000


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, which is composed of contributions made by coffee growers themselves, 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. See the latest renovation figures.

Purchase Guarantee and Coffee Commercialization: Through a network of 34 coffee cooperatives with about 530 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 manages to ensure 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. The main destinations of exports of Colombian coffee are Japan, USA, United Kingdom, Germany, Belgium, Canada, Spain and France.

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 exported from Colombia. Also the Federation promotes special coffees.

Other added-value initiatives for coffee commercialization include Buencafé Liofilizado de Colombia, the largest freeze-dried coffee factory in the world, and Procafecol, FNC’s holding company for added-value projects which in January 2018 reached 400 Juan Valdez® Coffee Shops in Colombia and around the world.

Promotion and Advertising: 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 with licenses to use the 100% Colombian coffee logo sell their brands across the globe.


The FNC joins forces with domestic and international entities to carry out programs that positively impact coffee farms, communities, the environment and coffee growers' access to technology and connectivity. The FNC has implemented several projects in Colombia’s rural areas to improve community and domestic infrastructure as well as credit access and other social programs, healthcare, education, food aid programs, and transportation. See more.

Thanks to its solid reputation as an NGO, the FNC is in a position to enlist several allies to develop sustainability and infrastructure programs. These allies include many entities of the Colombian Government such as the Social Action Program, the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, the Ministry of Education, the National Learning Service (SENA), FOSYGA, INVIAS, departmental governments, municipalities, and the ICBF. In the international arena, some of the FNC’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, among others. 


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