Together, we identified food security strategies to be phased in over 3 years, expanding to reflect the co-op’s ability to manage the work on its own. We began with home gardens for 200 families in the Agua Negra community, then added 150 families from the Morales community. Now, these coffee farmers are producing healthy, fresh food for their families and neighbors.
Since the COVID-19 pandemic hit, COMEPCAFE families have begun to travel regularly to the city of Popayan, to donate some of their garden bounty to families in need there. They feel very lucky to be able to grow their own food.
Here’s a snapshot of the work we’re doing with COMEPCAFE:
- Educational workshops for families on food security and nutrition
- Bean and maize production
- Regular farmers markets and Traditional Food Festivals, to promote healthy, locally grown, traditional foods
- Training young community promoters to support families, so their home gardens can thrive
- Water management systems for gardens
As a result of our work, the number of families unable to cover their basic food needs has decreased from 28% to 15%. Given this success, COMEPCAFE wants to expand the program to include all 1,400 members.