Alcohol & Whole Cane
Sugar from Rural Communities in Ecuador
(Consorcio Agroartesanal Dulce Orgánico, or consortium of
organic sweet agri-handcrafts, literally translated) is a responsible
community enterprise formed by small-scale sugar cane farmers who
produce organic, fair trade alcohol and unrefined sugar in the western
foothills of the
Andes in Ecuador. Our products include ethanol, whole cane
liqueurs (chocolate and coffee) and potable alcohol for those who
produce their own liqueurs.
producing the alcohol and sugar
farm organically on a small scale. To
produce large quantities of alcohol and unrefined whole cane sugar,
brought together 36 communities of these producers, which means that as
we help support hundreds of families with an adequate income while
taking responsibility for the local water resources and environment.
CADO is a community enterprise which belongs to its members
offers equal opportunities and democratic participation.
is with BCS Öko-Garantie and covers all the production
from farm to bottle. Farming without chemicals is traditional
this area, but with organic certification CADO has expanded its
environmental responsiblities to include conserving watersheds,
protecting native forests and managing soils for the benefit of
biodiversity. Our location in the humid forests of the
gives us the opportunity to conserve some of the major water sources
for the Ecuadorian coastal region. (Note: the certification is
currently under renewal for 2017).
is currently switching to a new fair trade certification with SPP which
better matches our values, after having held the fair
trade seal "Fair for Life" from 2011 to 2016. Fair trade status
after several years and a long training process in community groups.
assures that the children go to school, have time to play and don't
work at dangerous tasks. The rules require that safety
are maintained in the farm distilleries and that social welfare and
health and safety norms are implemented for all CADO workers.
fair price that the families of CADO receive for complying with these
rules offers them the possibility of a reasonable standard of living
and a better future for their children and future generations.
social and environmental values and the dedication of our farmers mean
that our products are unique in the market. We invite you to
conserve the environment, improve lives in rural Ecuador and benefit
from fine products by buying or distributing the organic, fair trade
products of CADO.
website last updated 11th March 2017.
CADO: organic, fair trade alcohol and unrefined sugar
from rural communities in
Initiated as a 'Green Progress' sustainable
project by CRACYP
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