High Quality Content by WIKIPEDIA articles! The Union of Indigenous
Communities of the Isthmus Region (Spanish: Union de Comunidades
Indigenas de la Region del Istmo, or UCIRI), is a farmer's
cooperative in the state of Oaxaca, Mexico. It was established in
1982 to assist in production, marketing and distribution of locally
produced coffee and other products. UCIRI was a pioneer of organic
coffee production and one of the first fair trade suppliers. Until
the late 1970s the small coffee farmers of the Santa Maria
Guienagati and Guevea de Humboldt munipalities in the Tehuantepec
District of the Istmo Region of Oaxaca did not have roads and
transport to get their product to market, and lacked bargaining
power with the freelance coffee buyers. However, loggers built
rough roads in the 1970s, and the roads were maintained after the
loggers left or were driven out. The producers began selling direct
to Inmecafe, the Mexican Institute of Coffee, which paid more than
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