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Strengthening family farming as an agro-food model for food self-sufficiency and generation of surpluses connected to institutional markets and supported by local governments as a state policy

Strengthening family farming as an agro-food model for food self-sufficiency and generation of surpluses connected to institutional markets and supported by local governments as a state policy

Full title of the project:

Strengthening family farming as an agro-food model for food self-sufficiency and generation of surpluses connected to institutional markets and supported by local governments as a state policy

Target areas:

The municipalities of Antioquia and Nariño

Recipient:
Donor:
Contribution:
USD 454 523
07/11/2014-31/12/2016
Project code:
OSRO/COL/403/BRA
Objective:

To strengthen family farming as an agro-food model for food self-sufficiency and generation of surpluses connected to institutional markets and supported by local governments as a state policy.

Key partners:

World Food Programme (WFP), Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, Department for Social Prosperity, Colombian Institute of Family Welfare and School Feeding Program in Colombia.

Beneficiaries reached:

Organizations of Family Agriculture (OAFs) including 12 local associations

Activities implemented:
  • Developed and implemented two pilot projects, one in Antioquia and one in Nariño, focused on linking OAFs to the existing institutional markets of selected municipalities.
  • Provided technical assistance and training on applying good agricultural practices for the production of beans, rice and vegetables and analysed their demand.
  • Organized meetings with the local associations at the departmental level to improve local rural economies in selected municipalities.
  • Analysed the legal and institutional framework related to purchasing public goods.
  • Organized workshops with OAFs, the Embassy of Brazil and WFP to increase awareness on contractual responsibilities.
  • Ensured that storage centres complied with the appropriate regulation for food packaging and distribution.
  • Implemented management plans that raised awareness of possible threats to the environment related the use of agrochemicals.
  • Proposed a coordinated strategy among all participating actors when purchasing agricultural products from local municipalities.
Impact:
  • Allowed the participating organizations to increase the sustainability of project activities.
  • Contributed to improving the quality of food and agricultural products.
  • Strengthened the technical capacities of rural communities and increased transparency among participating associations.
  • Contributed to improving the hygiene status of beneficiary communities.
  • Assisted local governments in reinforcing their role as providers in local institutional markets.
  • Increased sustainability in the agro-food sector of selected municipalities.
  • Decreased the use of agrochemicals and other practices that threatened the environment.
  • Developed a video showing the result of the project.
  • Established linkage between farmer organizations and markets.