In Defense of Small Producers: The Story of CLAC

Marco Coscione

This book is dedicated to on actor in this international movement: the Latin American and Caribbean Network of Small Fair Trade Producers. CLAC represents the necessary and unified voice of those small and medium producers.

The Latin American small producers, represented by the Latin American and Caribbean Network of Small Fair Trade Producers (CLAC), are assuming a more protagonistic role in the defense of the founding principles of the fair trade movement. The CLAC is also leading a process of rethinking the fair trade system and launching concrete proposals to strengthen fair trade in local, national and regional areas. Through the direct testimonies of many of its protagonists, Coscione offers a unique portrayal of the CLAC - its past experiences, its present developments and, above all, its outlook and future challenges.

CLAC represents this union of forces, a united but not exclusive voice. It is the diversity of thoughts and visions that we find in our Latin American and Caribbean organizations. We have different perspectives but a clear goal: to improve the quality of life of our people, our farmers, their families and their communities.