Organic banana composting in Peru & Ecuador

by Banana Link
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Organic banana composting in Peru & Ecuador
Organic banana composting in Peru & Ecuador
Organic banana composting in Peru & Ecuador
Organic banana composting in Peru & Ecuador
Organic banana composting in Peru & Ecuador
Organic banana composting in Peru & Ecuador
Organic banana composting in Peru & Ecuador
Organic banana composting in Peru & Ecuador
Organic banana composting in Peru & Ecuador
Organic banana composting in Peru & Ecuador
Organic banana composting in Peru & Ecuador
Organic banana composting in Peru & Ecuador
Organic banana composting in Peru & Ecuador

Summary

This project aims to improve the livelihoods of 178 organic banana farming families (426 total farmers) in Peru and Ecuador through building a compost producing facility in each country that will enable the members of the participating farming cooperatives to transform banana waste to organic compost, while building the skills of farmers to promote fair and healthy working conditions.

$17,800
total goal
$15,121
remaining
12
days

Challenge

The peasant families that belong to Agro Peru Chira (Peru) and the Cendero Foundation (Ecuador), members of the International Alliance for Sustainable Family Agriculture (AIAFS), have been practicing organic agriculture for over 20 years. Up to now, they have occasionally produced compost at the individual level, but a lack of state support and economic resources has meant not all farmers could be integrated, it was not possible to improve the technical level of composting or make it permanent.

Solution

This project will trial two different solutions. At Fundacion Cendero in Ecuador they will trial collective rotation of responsibility between member families for managing their facility, while at AgroPeru they will trial hiring staff to manage their facility. Both will provide training to farmers in composting processes, while also working to improve gender equality and access to higher education for their members.

Long-Term Impact

The development of the compost producing facilities will make a significant impact in alleviating poverty and improving the health of farming communities and their surrounding environment. The knowledge and skills gained from this project will be shared with over 10,000 family farmer members of the International Alliance for Small Family Farming in the Caribbean and the Philippines, who will look to replicate one or other of the two approaches trialed in this project.

Additional Documentation

This project has provided additional documentation in a PDF file (projdoc.pdf).

Resources

Organization Information

Banana Link

Location: Norwich, Norfolk - United Kingdom
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Twitter: @BananaLink
Project Leader:
Paul Lievens
Norwich, Norfolk United Kingdom
September 2021 Accelerator
Donations: $2,681 raised ($5,000 needed)
 
Donors: 35 (40 needed)
 
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