Impact - Colombia
- Term: $15.3 million
- Direct Beneficiaries: 14,000 individuals
- Indirect Beneficiaries: 84,000 individuals
- Implementation Partner: Gestando
- Financial Partners: Global Affairs Canada
Rural co-operatives are a key part of the Colombian government's strategy to build peace in communities affected by the armed conflict that was a reality in Colombia for over 50 years. While rural communities have made the transition to producing legal crops such as cacao, coffee, fruits and vegetables, farmers lack the methods and means to compete successfully in the marketplace. The government has encouraged the formation of associations to help farmers access needed services.
"CDF Canada’s IMPACT Columbia project is helping to improve the socio-economic conditions of over 14,000 farmers, reaching 84,000 women, men and children..."
CDF Canada’s IMPACT Columbia project is helping to improve the socio-economic conditions of over 14,000 farmers, reaching 84,000 women, men and children, by supporting the sustainable, private-sector business activities of 55 co-operatives and associations of producers in the departments of Antioquia, Tolima, Boyacá, Cundinamarca, Huila, Meta, Valle del Cauca and the Eje Cafetero (Quindio, Risaralda and Caldas). CDF Canada is working in partnership with Colombia's leading co-operatives and the Government of Colombia to help farmer groups become registered co-operatives, acquire technical, management and marketing training and craft business strategies that support gender equity and generational change. The project also furthers commercial trade among co-operatives, improving the ability of rural co-ops to manage productivity and growth, to expand into new markets, and to mobilize the financing needed to make all of this happen.
By the end of IMPACT Colombia, these co-ops and associations will be financially sustainable, with expanded product sales both locally and internationally.