The local varieties of sugar cane are cultivated by the co-operative NORANDINO (previously CEPICAFE) on the high lands of the Piedmont region of the Andes.
These rustic varieties give a nice tawny colour to this whole cane sugar which has a fine grainy texture, with a subtle flavour of vanilla and liquorice.
Thanks to fair trade, the co-operative could deeply change the peasant economy in the Sierra of Piura (Peru). The co-operative was determined to improve the life conditions of its 800 producers in a disfavoured region much affected by the rural exodus. With the longstanding support of ETHIQUABLE, the producers diversified their production, initially based on coffee. They promoted the local tradition of the sugar cane culture, up to the transformation of the sugar canes in small artisanal units.
The symbol “Pequenos Productores” (“Producteurs Paysans”) present on this product is a label belonging to fair trade small producers.
It certifies that the product originates from a co-operative of farmer producers (less than 15 hectares) exporting their production directly according to the fair trade standards.
Their aim is to to stand up for peasant agriculture and to face the competition of agro-industrial plantations.