Economic Transformation

burroThe current model of economic development in Colombia is dominated by large scale agriculture. With its focus on “modernization” of the agricultural sector through the introduction of mono-cropping, hybrid and transgenic seeds, and subsidies only available to wholesalers, this system is threatening the livelihoods of traditional farmers throughout Colombia, including the fragile, conflict-affected communities of Colombia´s Caribbean Coast. Using local knowledge and local practices, Sembrandopaz helps these communities to build and share sustainable agro-ecological alternatives. Through these practices, the communities are able to compete in the Colombian agricultural market, while protecting the environment and their communities. Sembrandopaz invests in community partnerships, providing the capital necessary to launch new community agricultural projects. Sembrandopaz also hosts campesino experience exchanges and model agricultural projects on its farm “Villa Barbara.”

Successes

  • Sembrandopaz has trained hundreds of small-holder farmers in sustainable agricultural methods, giving them the tools to better compete in the agricultural market.
  • In partnership with Sembrandopaz, over 100 community agricultural projects have been funded and launched, giving life to community-led economic development.
  • Sembrandopaz has led the initiation and development of over 100 agricultural and economic development associations across the Caribbean Coast.

Updates

  • Knowing our Territory is Building Peace: Youth from Montes de María Map the Palenquillo River Knowing our Territory is Building Peace: Youth from Montes de María Map the Palenquillo River by Jose Ortega, Leiver Martínez, Berkin Hernández and Neiver Tapia, Ecological Protectors posted on December 16, 2016. “I can´t get out of my mind the transformation of the Palenquillo as we entered town, as if it were a totally different river. I wish ...
  • Exchanging Seeds Exchanging Seeds by Etel Salas and Wilton Ortiz, Sustainable Development Team posted on June 26, 2016. For indigenous people, traditional knowledge is fundamental and of great importance as it forms part of their culture and spirituality, which is closely tied to their environment. Their actions reflect the way in which they perceive their environment, its care, conservation, and ...
  • Villa Bárbara, A Farm that Practices Environmental Care Villa Bárbara, A Farm that Practices Environmental Care by Allie Prescott, communications volunteer posted on March 7, 2016. Papaya trees line the winding entrance to Sembrandopaz’s Experimental Farm, Villa Bárbara, providing shadow for a multitude of flourishing oregano, aloe vera, moringa, chile pepper, lemongrass, and basil plants, which are just a preview of the many diverse crops planted on ...
  • Environmental Analysis: Pichilín Environmental Analysis: Pichilín by Allie Prescott, communications volunteer posted on February 22, 2016, originally written in October, 2015. On October 15, 2015, Sembrandopaz and Patrimonio Natural, a Colombian foundation that invests in environmental conservation in areas of the country highlighted for their ecological importance, organized a workshop that brought together youth leaders from four different farming communities—Libertad, Pichilín, ...
  • The Peasantry in Crisis The traditional peasantry in much of the world has suffered significantly in recent decades, on one side because of the climate change that seems to get worse year by year, and on the other the attack of the “rural economic development” policies. The recent free trade agreements with the United States, Canada and the European ...
  • Vulnerability to Sustainability And the Lord God took the man, and put him into the Garden of Eden to dress it and to keep it. Genesis 2:15 (KJV) For nearly a decade Sembrandopaz has been present in sharing the principle of sustainable economic development with communities in the Montes de Maria region. Nobody said it was easy! The reality of ...
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