South America

Colombia

Region(s)

Risaralda, Cauca and Tolima

Implementor

Louis Dreyfus Commodities

Project

Increase the income earning capacity through participatory training approach and access to fertilizers

Introduction

Most of the coffee farmers in Colombia are smallholder farmers with less than 2 hectares of coffee per family and relatively low productivity, hence a relative low income. For those smallholders to survive they need to increase their productivity while reducing the costs of production per unit of coffee. Several reasons for low productivity are that farmers don’t fertilize well, use inappropriate fertilizer mixtures, make wrong business decisions due to lack of cost-understanding and have limited cash-flow for inputs when needed.

The Project

The program aims to lower production costs while also increasing yields. It  uses a participatory training approach to teach small farmers about soil regeneration, income diversification, and access to fertilizers.

  • Training in Good Agricultural Practices (GAP)
  • Increasing income earning capacity
  • Improving productivity
  • Boosting self-sufficiency
  • Promoting income diversification
  • Helping with soil regeneration

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Partners

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Status

Ongoing

Duration

3 Years

Timeframe

2016-2018

Farmers

1,000

% Female Farmers & Youth

12.5%

Coffee Households

5,000

Areas of work

  • sustainability-of-land-icon@2x.pngSustainability of land
  • equality-of-people-icon@2x.pngEquality of people
  • prosperity-of-farmers-icon@2x.pngProsperity of farmers

Project themes

  • gender-equality@2x.pngGender and Youth Inclusivity
  • Soil.pngSoil
  • farm-management@2x.pngFarm maganement
  • yield-improvement@2x.pngYield improvement
  • income_diversification[2].pngDiversitification