Apr 8, 2021

Strengthening rural socio-business capacities

Rural socio-business training class
Rural socio-business training class

In August 2020, the national government has established a strategy to promote the participation of small-scale farmers in the food purchase market. However, there is still much to do in terms of quality, logistics, technologies, and partnership between private and public stakeholders to achieve this. 

To contribute to the fulfillment of this great objective, in the first period of work, we are focusing on strengthening rural socio-business capacities. From November 2020 to February 2021, we have carried out 8 face-to-face socio-business training workshops at the restaurant La Conejera, located in La Pradera, Subcahoque (following all biosecurity measures), did weekly monitoring of 19 rural families and implement 3 certifications within the Participatory Guarantee System (SPG), the only label approved by the Ministry of Agriculture and Environment of Colombia that certifies agroecological production and products.

The different workshops and accompaniment we've done with these 19 rural families attracted the attention of the local authorities because, in their own words they've never -seen a group of farmers so motivated learning about numbers- and as a result of this, we are now creating an improvement plan to integrate this model about rural socio-business and family capacities into the development plan of Subachoque's Municipality.

Thanks to our GlobalGiving generous community and in particular to a generous donation we received, we are able to continue supporting small-scale farmers from the surrounding areas of Bogota by going to visit their two times per week and, if we continue receiving the financial support needed, by the end of June, we hope to be achieved the whole 19 SPG certifications previewed for this semester.

In the photos you will find some of the classes we share and also some photos of Inés, Pedro, and Albeiro, the first three farmers to obtain the SPG certification.

Thank you all for your support, let's continue transforming the conventional agri-food system by promoting safe, nutritious, and responsible food for a better future but also improving the peasant family's present.

Ines and her farm
Ines and her farm
Pedro and his farm
Pedro and his farm
Albeiro at Pedro's Farm
Albeiro at Pedro's Farm
Responsible consumers visiting small-scale farmers
Responsible consumers visiting small-scale farmers
Two participants with the family training guide
Two participants with the family training guide
Apr 5, 2021

Laying the foundations of our project

Foundation of the structure
Foundation of the structure

Dear GlobalGiving Community,

We are really happy to see that our community is growing, and that more and more people are motivated to support this beautiful project.

The first quarter of the year has been really productive and we have started the instalation of a greenhouse to grow seeds to plant in the edible forest plots we have designated for such purpose.

Having this facility will allow us to produce vegetable material locally, which will reduce costs for transportation, will ensure a better adaptation of plants and thereby better results in the long term.

In every project we carry out we ensure that local labor is hired, to create a bigger impact. With this first phase over 6 families of the people hired to build the greenhouse are being benefit. Once the project is fully implemented, 25 women and their families will benefit.

Once the greenhouse is ready, the next step will be carrying out workshops on the proper use and mantainance of the greenhouse, asigning duties and roles to every participant.

We encourage you to continue helping us to get the resources for our next phase. So, do not hessitate to share this iniciative with your friends and family to create together a bigger and more solid community.

Greenhouse Projection
Greenhouse Projection
Feb 19, 2021

New perspectives to strengthen social fabric

compost preparation
compost preparation

Dear Friend,

We hope that 2021 has received you in the best way and that the difficulties faced in 2020 have served to grow at all levels. For our organization, the last period has also represented new challenges and therefore the need to implement changes to achieve the objectives we have set for ourselves.

Regarding our project "Build Peace Through Agroecology in Bogota", we have had the possibility to reconnect with the beneficiary population. Fortunately, their health is optimal and after passing the most difficult period of quarantine they have seen the need to continue working to strengthen food security through community gardens and local consumption.

Despite the fact that we have not been able to achieve normality in the development of workshops and activities in the field, we managed to carry out a work session to adapt a community garden in the Paseito III neighborhood. We brought native seeds, soil and compost and during the day, we managed to make adjustments after it remained on hiatus during the months of strict confinement. It was a pleasant space in which the community was able to reconnect, work towards a common goal and strengthen the bond deteriorated by isolation.

In other visits made in the field, we were able to contact a group of weaver women interested in strengthening work in the garden of the Puente Colorado neighborhood, and with them we analyzed the possibility of generating an alliance that allows us to link new people, have a greater presence in the field and get better results in production.

For the next few months, we plan to relocate a greenhouse in the Miraflores neighborhood and expand its planting space. In the Paseito III neighborhood we will install a greenhouse for the germination and production of seedlings. In the case of the Puente Colorado neighborhood, the perspective is to work with the group of weaver women in the development of workshops and community work days.

Thank you for all your support! Your donations directly help vulnerable communities in achieving environmental and social peace! Continue to support us to keep strengthening environmental awareness and resilience among youngest and elders.

People working on the garden
People working on the garden
Comunity Potlock
Comunity Potlock
Creation of seedbeds
Creation of seedbeds
 
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