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News Archive - 2011

Galapagos Organic Rescue logo Galapagos Organic Rescue Project Starts January, Volunteer Opportunities
CRACYP News, December 2011
CRACYP's conservation and development project for the Galapagos Islands, Galapagos Organic Rescue, will start on the island of San Cristóbal in January 2012.  Opportunities are available for conservation volunteers in the Galapagos Islands, to help eradicate invasive introduced plant species and replant native plant species.
Artist's impression of the Solar Cycle Route City of Loja Interested in Constructing Solar Cycle Route
CRACYP News, November 2011
The mayor and city council of Loja, Ecuador's most ecological city, are analysing the possibility of constructing a Solar Cycle Route in Loja.  This innovative sustainable transporte system designed by CRACYP would be an 11km construction to resolve transport problems for 23 educational establishments and would cross the whole of the city of Loja.
Montubian march CADO Associates Particpate in Montubio March
CADO News, November 2011
Three busloads of CADO associates traveled to Guayaquil to participate in a solidarity march with Pueblo Montubio. The Pueblo Montubio is an organization that represents the interests of farmers in the Costa region of Ecuador.  The march was both a demonstration of unity and a celebration of Montubio culture.
Community tourism meeting. Rural Community Enthusiastic about Farmstay Tourism
CRACYP News, November 2011
CRACYP’s farm tourism project, Eco-friendly Farmstays, had a community meeting in the village of Jilimbí.  The community is embracing the idea of having an ecotourism program that shares their way of life with visitors from around the world.  Jilimbí will break ground for the construction of cabañas in the new year.
The Body Shop representative addresses a meeting of CADO's members. The Body Shop Renews Commitment to Buy Organic Alcohol
CADO News, October 2011
CADO’s largest client, The Body Shop, renewed their commitment to buy between eight and ten shipping containers of alcohol in 2012.  Their representative, Christina Archer, spent a week visiting CADO associates, staff and subcontractors to assure the stability and quality of the supply chain.  Christina praised the visible progress that CADO has made in combating contracted child labor in the region.
Presenting the Book Club Book Club Project Praised
CRACYP News, October 2011
The volunteer coordinator presented the ongoing Book Club project to the Council on Children’s Affairs of the nearby cantón of Pangua and to The Body Shop representative.  Both were excited about the project, as it is unique in the area.  The Council on Children’s Affairs hopes to partner with CRACYP to replicate the Club’s model.  CRACYP plans to apply for a grant from The Body Shop Foundation in order to make this feasible.
Fair trade students visit CADO Fair Trade Case Study Features CADO 
CADO News, October 2011
2 university students from Guayaquil visited CADO as part of their bachelor’s thesis.  They dedicated 3 days to interview CADO employees and associates and visit farms. Their thesis will be on Fair Trade in Ecuador and the information they gathered on CADO will be used as a case study.  CRACYP is very pleased that CADO is becoming better known and is regarded as an important example of Fair Trade in this country.
CADO farmers with new oak barrels. CADO Hosts the Prefect of Bolívar
CADO News, October 2011
CADO hosted several government officials at a fiesta en Jilimbí, including Carlos Chavez, the prefect of Bolívar.  The event was held to thank the provincial government of Bolívar and the local government of San Luis de Pambil for their recent combined donation of oak barrels for maturing organic rum and stainless steel distillation tanks for producing organic alcohol.
Volunteers grinding organic chocolate beans Ecotourism Project is Progressing Well
CRACYP News, September 2011
CRACYP’s eco-tourism project in Jilimbí is moving forward successfully. We have confirmed our first guests who will spend Christmas experiencing what life is like for families in Jilimbí, learning about organic agriculture first hand, and seeing the beautiful wildlife that is still present in local forests.  A new intern from Norway will soon arrive to advise on environmental governance, so as to structure the project to facilitate equitable economic growth for the community without damaging the surrounding environment.
Gobal Routes volunteers teaching English. Volunteers Arrive in Bolívar Province
CRACYP News, September 2011
Five volunteers from Global Routes arrived in Bolívar to teach English in local elementary schools for ten weeks.  CRACYP’s volunteer coordinator is working with the leader of the group to foster collaboration between the two projects.  CRACYP hopes to partner with Global Routes in educational programs on nutrition, ecology, and environmental awareness.
Root Capital video report Root Capital Visits CADO
CADO News, September 2011
Root Capital lends operating capital to CADO to support fair trade, organic alcohol exports.  Root Capital visited CADO, with its dynamic lady president, as part of a gender-inclusion visit to Ecuador by leading female investors to support enterprising and productive projects which allow women to reclaim their right to economic self-sufficiency. 
Purple-crowned fairy hummingbird in Ecuador Photography Volunteer Documents Local Fauna
CRACYP News, September 2011
CRACYP's most recent volunteer has spent four weeks photographing the animal species present in and around Jilimbí, an area particularly rich in bird and insect life.  He is also working to identify the species so that his photos can be used to train eco-guides as part of the eco-tourism project in the area.
CADO General Manager Carlos Cabrera inspecting sugar cane alcohol. CADO and CRACYP Consulted by Government on Alcohol Crisis
CADO News, August 2011
In July, dozens of people in Ecuador died from methyl alcohol poisoning by drinking tainted, inorganic alcohol.  The government froze the sale and distribution of aguardiente (homemade cane alcohol) until regulations can be enacted to prevent another such tragedy.  CRACYP's organic alcohol project, CADO, is being upheld as a model of good business practices, and the government has asked director Carlos Cabrera to work with them to develop a system of regulations for alcohol, based on his very successful experience with CADO.
Barrels for making organic rum Oak Barrels & Distillation Equipment from Bolivar Province
CADO News, August 2011
The government of Bolivar Province very kindly donated 56 oak barrels that CADO will use to mature organic, Fair Trade rum. They also donated some new stainless steel tanks for the distillation of sugarcane alcohol by CADO associates; these are a much safer replacement for older tanks that frequently rust and break, spilling boiling liquid and causing a significant health hazard for the farmers.
CADO's farmers march through town. CADO Farmers Protest Against Destructive Strip Mining
CADO News, August 2011
Curimining SA plans to use destructive mountain-top removal to extract gold from mountains near San Luis de Pambil, Bolivar.  This tract of forest in one of the world's most biodiverse and fragile habitats is home to threatened species such as agoutis & sloths. CADO associates carried signs with environmental slogans at a protest against the proposed mine; TV station TeleAmazonas filmed and interviewed several CADO members.
Fair World Project blog Fair World Project Features CADO
CADO News, July 2011
The Fair World Project website featured CADO in their blog "Adventures in Organic Fair Trade Alcohol".  Many thanks to Ryan for his informative report and photos of CADO's work and success in exporting organic, fairly-traded, community-produced alcohol to internationally-recognised buyers.
Fair trade inspection at sugar cane mill IMO Fair for Life Inspections for CADO
CADO News, June 2011
Robert Stock of IMO Fair for Life spent five days evaluating CADO, our organic sugarcane farming consortium, for socially responsible practices such as prevention of child labor, worker safety, democratic decision-making, and transparent financial processes.  Although CADO is still waiting on the official results of the inspection, Robert had positive things to say about CADO’s socially responsible practices.
Ecotourism development: picking fruit Development of Ecotourism in Jilimbí Begins
CRACYP News, June 2011
CRACYP is beginning the development of an eco-tourism project in the village of Jilimbí.  A Bolivian volunteer has begun working on a business plan for the project.  Ecotourism will bring economic diversification to the community and will allow adventurous tourists to experience a truly unique farming community and ecosystem completely off the beaten track.
Fair trade inspection preparations at a sugar cane mill CADO Prepares for Fair Trade Certification Inspections
CADO News, May 2011
CADO is preparing for Fair Trade certification inspections.  The fair trade certification (in addition to the organic certification we already hold for sugar cane alcohol) will open a wider market of clients and generate a higher sale price for the alcohol produced by CADO's families.  Eleven associates have worked tirelessly to complete internal reviews, visiting each farm to make sure everyone is ready for the fair trade inspections.
Chocolate liqueur made by rural Ecuadorian communities Accepted in Italy: The Product of 68 Communities in One Bottle
CRACYP News, April 2011
The Italian market has accepted, in a chain of fair trade stores, Ecuador's most collaborative product.  CRACYP, together with groups of farmers, has developed an organic chocolate cream liqueur, with some fair trade ingredients and others in the process of fair trade certification.  The bottle is presented in a box made of wood from cultivated forests, sustainably managed by rural communities.  In total, 68 Ecuadorian communities are involved in the production of each bottle - producers of organic cacao, cream (in transition to organic status), organic sugar, organic alchohol (from CADO) and sustainably-produced wood.
Volunteer working in rural development in Ecuador CRACYP Finds New Coordinator for Volunteers and Interns
CRACYP News, April 2011
CRACYP is delighted to announce that we have finally found a new coordinator for our volunteer and internship program, and so can restart the program.  The program was popular and successful last year but had to stop when we lost our coordinator.  So far, amongst other successes, our interns have succeeded, for example, in establishing industrial control processes for fair trade norms with the control of IMO Fair for Life.
The Body Shop focus on CADO The Body Shop Showcases CADO
CADO News, February 2011
The Body Shop have showcased CADO and our organic alcohol on their website.  In fact, the story goes further back than the article suggests and CADO had been working with Christina's predecessor, Mark, for several years to get to the stage where The Body Shop started to buy organic, community-traded alcohol for their perfumes.  But we're delighted that The Body Shop are sharing our story with a wider audience!

2011 news from CRACYP:
The Body Shop Renews Commitment to Buy; Book Club Praised; Ecotourism Progressing Well; Fair trade inspections; ecotourism development; organic chocolate cream liqueur; solar cycle route; fair trade cacao (chocolate); world water day; organic sugar cane
CRACYP news about the environment, sustainable development & reforestation in rural communities in Ecuador.  'Green Progress': social and economic development which protects the environment

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