Holcim Colombia: Income generation and increase for farmers.

Holcim Colombia: Income generation and increase for farmers

By creating the agricultural and commercial association AGRONIT (Asociación Agropecuaria de Pequeños Productores y Comercializadores de Nobsa, Iza y Tibasosa) in 2005, Holcim Colombia and its social foundation (Fundación Social de Holcim Colombia) contribute to the regional development following Corporate Social Responsibility policy guidelines.

AGRONIT analyzes environmental, social and economic conditions in the region and is thus in the position of proposing alternative development solutions. The emphasis is laid on capacity building in the rural sector: Small producers, for example of milk products, fruit and vegetables, are being strengthened by receiving training and technical assistance.

  • 165 rural small producers got associated since 2007.
  • Two regional agro industry community centers were built and adapted for milk stocking, cooling and commercialization with the support of Holcim Colombia, the Holcim Colombia Social Foundation, the mayor's office of Iza and Tibasosa, the Boyacá governor's Office and the High Cichamocha irrigation district user association.
  • 3,400 litres of milk are commercialized per day.
  • The established rural organic market network strengthens the commercialization of fruits and vegetables. The network has obtained the green seal certification in February 2008.
  • Vegetables commercialization agreements have been established with local companies.
  • Community development strategies, like developing leadership skills, productive partnerships and an internal control system for the green product certification, have been implemented since May 2008.

Small local producers, who contribute to the improvement of living conditions in the rural zones of Nobsa, Iza and Tibasosa, are developing skills for generating and increasing their income. The goal is to assure a higher profit within the rural economy through improvement of the production conditions as well as through the knowledge of marketing tools which ensure a direct and increased product selling on the market and thus a better commercialization.

  • Research on income generation and increasing development alternatives with focus on the rural sector
  • Definition of business lines for rural economies
  • Prioritization and implementation of income generation components and commercialization of milk products as well as organic fruit and vegetables
  • Establishing and managing commercial agreements for defined business lines
  • Strengthening local commercialization scenarios for value added products through establishment of a rural organic market network (Red de Mercados Ecológicos Campesinos)