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Project ECONOMIC GROWTH AND FOOD SECURITY IN COLOMBIA
Country/Region Colombia
Development Partner GESTANDO
Sector Micro, small and medium enterprise
Project Description While the economy of Colombia has shown growth in recent years, rural areas, including the four departments where this project takes place, still face significant poverty. The average family income in the area is just $26 per month. Located in the central region, the area is still affected by violence, human rights abuses and a lack of technical knowledge to produce crops suitable for market. CCA and GESTANDO (Incubadora Empresarial Colombia Solidaria) are providing technical support to farmers to strengthen local agricultural co-operatives and to help farmers produce a variety of products including cocoa, palm oil, beef and pork as an alternative to the illegal production of the plant from which cocaine is made.
Project IMPROVING ECONOMIC PERFORMANCE OF AGRICUTLURE CO-OPERATIVES (IMPACT) IN 
Country COLOMBIA
Dvelopment Partner GESTANDO
Sector Micro, small and medium enterprise
Project Description This initiative will support sustainable, private-sector driven business activities of co-operatives (or co-ops) in the agropecuario sector in the Departments of Antioquia, Bolivar, Boyacá, Caldas, Cesar, Cundinamarca, Huila, Meta, Valle, and Santander. Working in partnership with Colombia’s leading co-ops as well as the Government of Colombia, CCA and Gestando will build the capacity of agricultural co-ops to compete in domestic and export markets.
Project SUSTAINABLE PRODUCT DIVERSIFICATION
Country/Region Peru
Development Partner NORANDINO
Sector Micro, small and medium enterprise
Project Description Norandino, CCA's partner in this project, has already achieved considerable success in developing fair trade coffee and sugar, which has begun to improve livelihoods in a very poor region of Peru. The Canadian worker co-operative, La Siembra, is among their main international business partners. The objective of this three-year project is to improve infrastructure, machinery and equipment to allow Norandino to expand its business in other products, including tropic marmalades and banana chips.
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