Fair Trade Alliance Kerala / ElementsIndia Group of coffee growers
Fair Trade Alliance Kerala (FTAK) is a farmer organisation that was founded in 2005 in Kerala, South India; it is the first coffee cooperative to be fair trade certified from India. Today, more than 6’000 farmers are members of the organisation.
Amongst them, around 1’800 small coffee producers are all located in the Wayanad district of Kerala, in the Western Ghats hills, which is a world heritage site. The farmers also reside within the Nilgiri Biosphere, a world biodiversity hotspot. Coffee, mainly Robusta, is produced between 700-1000 meter above see level. Elements Homestead Products Ltd. is the exporting partner of FTAK.