Created in 2007 with the support of the Lao government and the French Development Agency (AFD), the "Bolaven Plateau Coffee Producers Cooperative" or CPC (formerly known as AGPC) is a prime example about what is possible when small-scale farmers join forces. By today, the 100% farmers’ own organization consists of about 1,855 coffee growing households spread in 55 villages and thus has come a long way since its establishment in 2007, when it started from scratch. In 2012, CPC exported 603 tons of green coffee. This, together with CPCs other achievements was reason enough for the Lao government to award the cooperative as the "Laos Best coffee exporter 2012" for best prices and best quality. The organization is now continuing to grow with export outreaching 1,000 tons of green coffee per year.