INA in Colombia: pilot project in the Amazon and Orinoco region
Colombia is one of the eight Amazon riparian states, the largest and most biologically diverse tropical rainforest region on earth. However, extended agricultural production and illegal logging, combined with unsustainable management, are depleting forest areas.
Since 2019, the INA and the GIZ Sustainable Agricultural Supply Chains and Standards program have been active in the Caquetá and Meta departments on behalf of the BMZ. Together with the AmPaz project for the protection of natural resources in areas affected by the civil war, we are building sustainable, cross-commodity production regions there - with a focus on living income for smallholder families.
In particular, the cooperation with the partner country Colombia aims to improve the living and income situation of small farmers without endangering the forest and natural ecosystems.
Coffee, cocoa, palm oil and rubber are at the center of our cross-cutting work. The cultivation of these raw materials in sustainable agroforestry and forestry systems counteracts deforestation by providing an alternative to extensive livestock farming, which is considered the main de-forestation driver in Colombia.
- Training and qualification of smallholder farmers and producers on sustainable farming practices
- Diversification of agroforestry production, promotion of new product lines
- Connecting small farmers with global and fair supply chains
- Strengthening the organization of cooperatives and producer organizations
- Income increase (living income) for small farmers
- Development and delivery of digital solutions for the traceability of supply chains
- Establishment of sustainable growing regions and connection to national and international markets
From Coca to coffee – a concrete progress in the Meta region
Private roaster Edgar Luttermann from Wedemark near Hanover has been importing coffees from Colombian smallholders from the Orinocoregion Meta since 2017. This has resulted in a close partnership between his company Kafkao Republic and the coffee cooperative CAFEMASU in Mesetas. More than 40 farmers export their coffees directly to Germany, achieving up to 200% of the world market price. Among the farmers is the coffee producer Don Luis Salcedo, whose history is exemplary for the success of this trade relationship. Migrating to the region decades ago, Don Luis first tried his luck in extensive cattle breeding. The FARC guerrillas forced him to cultivate coca and to supply their rebels with vegetables and other food, until he finally came to cultivate coffee in 2009. In the last ten years he has become one of the leading coffee producers in the region, and as a founding member of the cooperative CAFEMASU, he has developed sustainability and quality standards in the cultivation and production of his specialty coffee. The project 'Initiative for Sustainable Agricultural Supply Chains INCAS', implemented by the Deutsche Gesellschaft für internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH, supports small-scale producers and cooperatives in Colombia in the development and implementation of sustainable agroforestry systems, which on the one hand protects natural resources and on the other hand provides people with a livelihood and thus a dignified life. The coffee producer Luis Salcedo is an example of how this can be achieved with the combined forces of the private sector, civil society and the state.
For further information visit the website www.kafkao.de
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