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.

  • Paradise under threat

    Paradise under threat

    No land, no future – these four words summarise the struggle many farmers face. For the inhabitants of a Columbian village on the Pacific coast, the concerted efforts were worthwhile.
  • Organic farming puts an end to hunger

    Organic farming puts an end to hunger

    There and back in a dugout canoe: The farmers of Bahía Solana have a long way to go to get rice in their cooking pots and on their plates – and it all begins with a simple canoe on Colombia’s Pacific coast.
  • Rice cultivation in Colombia: sharing success

    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!”

    “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.
  • When is a man a man?

    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

    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.
  • Cardamom – the fine alternative

    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.