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Sustainable Increase in Knowledge and Skills by Planting Trees

In response to the social and economic consequences of the pandemic, FUNDAEC decided to prioritize the promotion of food self-sufficiency in its work with the local population. Since then, FUNDAEC has been promoting the creation of home gardens, the cultivation of more extensive agricultural plots, food processing, and the distribution and marketing of food.

During 2020 and 2021, around 2,000 people participated in the establishment of 1,019 productive initiatives (including 859 gardens, 77 plots, 52 animal husbandry projects, and about 10 marketing activities). Relationships were established with individuals, families, groups, and institutions interested in creating local food production capacity.

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Agroforestry

Agroforestry on a small scale is defined as agriculture on small farms with trees. It is agriculture and forestry systems that balance various needs, from providing a diverse and adequate supply of nutritious food and meeting the needs of the producers and the local population to planting trees for commercial and environmental purposes. FUNDAEC agroforestry activities will not entail clearing land but adding tree species to traditional farming and agricultural crops.

Learnings and Systemization During the Project Execution

Connecting Through Audiovisual Impact

The project decided on an audiovisual systematization of the work process. This decision was made to allow the experience to be shared more widely and less exclusively since the population of commune 20 has a high illiteracy rate. Audiovisual systematization will also help organizations, groups, and people interested in supporting this initiative reach each other.

Nurturing Food Resilience Amidst Challenges

The project reaffirmed the importance of families continuing to advance in raising awareness regarding food production in their homes. The reaffirmation was made following the social crisis that the city of Cali faced with a national strike, during which significant challenges emerged around access to food items.

Monitoring Food Choices for Regional Food Security

The project monitored the initiatives that made it possible to determine which foods are consumed most in homes and identify foods with the best harvest in the community; this information will be of great importance for the next stage of the process.

Holistic Well-being

The project promoted learnings about other elements of well-being, such as how to care for the environment and improve the beauty of the community's physical aspect.

Transformative workshops

The project identified the need for face-to-face training workshops in small groups (between 5 to 10 individuals per session), thus reaching many more people.

Building Solidarity: Collective Food Endeavors

The project identified the need to promote learning about how groups of families or people can work together in solidarity to face challenges around the production and distribution of food.

All learnings will imply the need to create a fund to help local organizations, groups, and families gradually address the neighborhood's different requirements.

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