Colombia

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The country programme in Colombia has a strategic focus on the following areas:
  • Independent administration and management of communal land and natural resources by local organisations
  • Integral, organic, small farmer-style agriculture and sustainable use of natural resources
  • Empowerment and promotion of women to equal decision-making status and ensuring they receive and use their economic, social and cultural rights in both the public and private arenas

It is important to us that the gender perspective is present in all programme activities and that our partner organisations participate actively in democratic decision making processes at local and regional levels within the framework of citizens'  participation.

Rice cultivation in Colombia: sharing success
Life on Colombia’s Pacific coast is defined by poverty, violence and malnutrition. In this case, converting to organic farming offers a ray of hope.
“We don’t keep loyalty scores. We’ve got identity!”
Taking a stroll, meeting people, shopping, tasting regional specialities: every two weeks the farmers from the Colombian highlands travel to Bucaramanga and bring fresh produce from the country to the cities. This creates trust.
Paradise under threat
No land, no future – these four words summarise the struggle many farmers face. Columbia today along the idyllic Pacific coast.
Bravo! Las Pavas wins Colombia’s National Peace Prize
SWISSAID congratulates its former partner organisation, the Asocab farmers’ organisation, on being awarded Colombia’s National Peace Prize this week. For more than ten years the association was involved in a peaceful fight for the 123 farmers from Las Pavas to be able to carry on cultivating their agricultural land covering approximately 1,300 hectares.
When is a man a man?
Changing gender images are not only a topical theme in the West. On Columbia’s Caribbean coast, traditional gender roles are also under fire. This offers both sexes some realistic advantages: better relationships, less violence – and more “feelings” for the “strong” sex.
Bananitos: small, tasty and profitable
The small bananas are popular among the urban middle classes in Buenaventura, who stock up on them in the supermarket. The delicacy is grown close to the capital by innovative peasant farmers, safeguarding their own future.
A happy ending for El Garzal!
The opposition was worth it: the residents of two Columbian villages have won the battle for their land against a former drug baron – they will be allowed to stay on their land. In early April, the responsible authority transferred the land deeds to them.
Cardamom – the fine alternative
Cultivating cardamom offers many farmers in Colombia a way out of the misery of coffee production. Cardamom is not a native spice used in Colombian cuisine – it is a major export product.
Honey for School Uniforms
In Colombia, honey is often full of impurities. The indigenous people, who produce honey near the Caribbean coast, make a higher quality product. The pure honey is dark, runny and has a very aromatic flavour.