Opening Up Markets For Rural Family Farming

Based on its national experience, the Government of Brazil has been promoting since 2014 in Colombia a project on family farming to boost small producers’ associations and break the gaps in access to markets, linking these producers to institutional markets. The project is implemented by a close collaboration between WFP and FAO, which is currently taking place in two departments of Colombia, Nariño and Antioquia.

Family farming plays an important role in the eradication of hunger and poverty, strengthening food security and nutrition, improving livelihoods and natural resources management, protecting the environment and achieving a sustainable development, particularly in rural areas with limited access to markets.

This pilot project of family farming began with a series of market studies carried out by WFP to identify the institutional demand and the supply of food locally. FAO provided technical support training participants and their families on farming techniques using good agricultural practices and organic inputs, as well as topics on partnership and socio-business. WFP complemented the training by sharing knowledge on marketing processes, supply markets, forging agreements and others. 

For Deborah Hines, WFP Representative in Colombia, this pilot-project is a good example of interagency, Government of Colombia and South-South Cooperation, with the specific aim to stimulate the production of clean and healthy food and improve food consumption in households, while creating jobs for local producers linking them to formal markets. “Our goal here is to a improve food and nutrition security of populations and contribute to the rural economies and development”.