Jun 3, 2021

Preparing for the great solidarity distribution

Dear GlobalGiving community,

 

Colombia is currently experiencing a third wave of COVID-19 contamination, which is reflected in an increase in death cases. The latest reports from Colombian authorities indicate that there are more than 15,000 new cases per day. According to data from the Ministry of Health, in May 2021, only 5.7% of the population have been vaccinated (with both doses) against COVID-19.


In the midst of this health and economic crisis, the national government decided to promote a tax reform that affects the most vulnerable. To express their outrage, for more than a month, thousands of Colombians have taken to the streets in droves as the pandemic continues to rage, killing 500 people a day. Despite the withdrawal of the tax reform, numerous protests have taken place in recent weeks, some of them marked by violence, vandalism and heavy police repression resulting in the deaths of around 40 people, in major cities across the country.

The political situation doesn't seem to get better, roadblocks continue on highways and city streets, and food shortages have kept prices of first need goods at two to three times normal levels in local marketplaces.

Due to the blockades in the streets, the rise in prices and the uncertainty regarding access to vulnerable neighborhoods, the planned delivery of solidarity markets has not been possible. However, our team is preparing so that as soon as the blockades are lifted in the city and the surrounding area we will make a large delivery of food baskets that will benefit about 2000 families.

You will see the results of this great delivery in our next report.

 

Thak you for your constant support to strengthen food security in Bogota.

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
 
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