Going ahead with the four AGRICOOP projects

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]From 20 September to 1 October 2016 a technical mission, formed by Coopermondo’s team, traveled to Colombia to implement the first phase of the AGRICOOP project in partnership with the Servicio Nacional de Aprendizaje (SENA). The program aims to realize a need assesment and, together with the experts of the SENA and Confecoop (the Colombian Cooperative Confederation), training activities, technical assistance and support to the creation of new cooperatives in three regions of the country (Cauca, Valle del Cauca and San Andrés)
The mission was formed by the Camilla Carabini (Communication Manager and coordinator of the Project “WomeNpowerment – Women cooperators and cooperating in the world” by Coopermondo), Giovanni Pausini – Agricultural expert Coopermondo, Alessandra Nasti – expert in fisheries and aquaculture of CIRSPE – and Graziano Molon – tourism expert and culture of Trentino Wine Consortium – Trentino Federation of Cooperation. The mission was led by Fernando Bragado, project manager of Coopermondo in Colombia and Luisa Fernanda Gallo, head of AGRICOOP project for the SENA.
The Agricoop project in the Cauca region is divided into two projects:
AGRICOOP 2.0 which aims to provide technical assistance to trout farmers in improving the quality of production and in improving associationism to generate economies of scale in procurement of inputs, processing and marketing. Alessandra Nasti has worked with trout producers showing them the Italian cooperative system and dialoguing with them to understand what strategic activities to perform.
The three experts have then carried out a day of training and exchange of experiences with the SENA technicians in agriculture, tourism and aquaculture.
AGRICOOP Mujer working with more than 300 women in a process of gender empowerment through the creation and strengthening of craft associations and agricultural cooperatives. Camilla Carbini has participated in a conference on the role of women in post-conflict organized, among others, by the Spanish Cooperation, and has carried on an activity with the women of the project, enhancing the content and expertise made available by the Women’s Committee of Confcooperative.
Carlos Acero, president of Confecoop Colombia (strategic ally of Coopermondo in the country), participated to a successful day of exchanging experiences and strategic planning with farmers and aquaculture of the Valle del Cauca region at Buga. In addition, Coopermondo’s experts were able to visit a farm and an association of women who produce medicinal plants and herbs.
In the archipelago of San Andrés and Providencia a continuous brain storming has characterized the activities of the experts.
Graziano Molon has been able to assess the tourism sector through an analysis of the local offer in terms of attractions, transport and accommodation. The phenomenon of “Posaderas”, native women who provide rooms within their own houses to accommodate tourists and allow them to live a 100% native experience, was also studied.
Alessandra Nasti has worked with the local fishermen to observe the artesanal fishing methods that are used inside the reef and gave them some options for the development of fishing tourism.
In the lush, green island, where, however, over 80% of the food consumed is imported, Giovanni Pausini has got to analyze possible systems of hydroponics and aquaponics and agricultural development on the island to lighten the weight of imports in terms of food safety and security.
The whole mission has experienced moments of intense emotion when on Tuesday, September 27 the President of the Republic of Colombia, Juan Manuel Santos, signed the final peace agreement with the FARC leader in Cartegena: it was an historical event which was possible to attend live together to the project partners. In an atmosphere of optimism for a lasting peace, the victory of the NO in the referendum has displaced Colombians partners and Coopermondo’s team, however, they will all continue to work to bring peace to Colombia and to give support to the people with whom they have already started working.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_gallery type=”image_grid” images=”5303,5308,5313,5323,5328,5333,5338,5363,5358,5373,5378,5383,5388,5428,5448,5453,5493,5498,5503,5508,5513,5518,5523,5528,5533,5478″ title=”Foto della Missione”][/vc_column][/vc_row]