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The recovery of traditional rice and wheat cultivation for food sovereignty in integrated agro-ecological production systems, Colombia

  • Published on July 8, 2022
The objective of the project is to recover traditional practices of rice and wheat
cultivation combined with the application of relevant technologies. To contribute
through that to food and energy sovereignty, soil conservation and climate change
mitigation in the integrated sustainable agroecological systems.
To reach the objective the project focuses on strengthening three “points of
development” in two departments in Colombia.
  • The project has directly engaged 21 farmer families in its activities with 38 more farmers taking advantage of various workshops and trainings both in-person and virtual undertaken as a part of the project.
  • To reach the objective, innovative methodological process was taken, comprising five courses called “Schools of Sustainable Lifestyles” and the provision of technology baskets with 16 different appropriate technologies. Schools 1 and 2 have taken place face-to-face while 3, 4 and 5 took place virtually due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • The 1st and 2nd schools were dedicated to the recovery of rice and wheat cultivation practices and the main aspects have taken place around them. They were combined with the field visits on the application of technologies as well as attendance of the local market.
  • The virtually held schools created a virtual community space where the participants listened to weekly podcasts created by the coordinators and shared their experience and knowledge. To date, more than 3000 WhatsApp messages and more than 2000 photos and videos have been shared from the community.
  • The project assisted participating families with the application of various technologies such as solar panels, gasification stoves, bio-digesters, biogas reservoirs, effluent reservoirs, raining water reservoirs, irrigation systems, greenhouses, etc. to improve their agro-ecological practices.
  • Overall, the project engaged 21 farmers in the community baskets, 55 farm households joined the project through home gardening, 16 new types of technologies, tools and equipment were introduced or recovered, and 7 communities established technology baskets.
  • The project reduced Greenhouse Gas emissions by 135.504 tCO2e (134.610 tCO2e thanks to 20 bio-digesters, 0.654 tCO2e thanks to 19 solar panels and 0.240 tCO2e thanks to 2 solar water heaters).
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