Solidaridad Andes

Coffee: Strengthening networks

In the past year Solidaridad in Colombia has been expanding its training programmes in sustainable coffee production. So far 240 workers with eight export companies have signed up for low-cost distance learning courses to help them co-operate more effectively with 36,000 coffee farmers.

Coffee farmers in Colombia working with new training materials.

Achievements and partnerships

  • Peru: 115 coffee promoters acted as ‘live’ demonstration centres for 1,076 producers. The skills they learned enabled 961 hectares to be rehabilitated.
  • Solidaridad has produced a speciality coffee manual through the Colombian national coffee platform with the support of the Antioquia Government, the National Federation of Coffee Growers and five coffee growers’ co-operatives.

Gold: a new standard

In Peru, responsible gold production faces major challenges. The government has brought in new regulations to tackle illegal mining, but small-scale miners are struggling to meet the formalisation criteria. As a result they risk missing out on the opportunities that arise from growing worldwide demand for ethically sourced gold.

Achievements and partnerships

  • Peru: Over 1500 gold miners have received training in 66 workshops. Meeting legal standards, achieving formal recognition and certification are essential elements of a responsible supply chain.
  • The European Union gave Solidaridad a four-year grant to help new small-scale miners and artisans achieve certification.
  • Funding for our work in the Madre de Dios region of the Amazon basin has been extended for another two years. A new grant will enable two new industrial mines to join the pilot project for Responsible Jewellery Council certification.
  • The European Youth Olympic Games featured the first ever ‘good gold’ medals in 2013. Each winner’s medal contained a drop of pure Fairtrade gold from certified miners taking part in Solidaridad’s programme in Peru. They were presented by Dutch Olympic swimming champion and ‘good gold’ ambassador Pieter van den Hoogenband.

Bananas: an upward curve

Solidaridad is working with stakeholders in Northern Peru to improve sustainable banana production. The partnership aims to find solutions to issues such as water and pests. Sixteen producer organisations, four government entities, three export companies, three trading companies and four NGOs are involved in the initiative.

Achievements and partnerships

  • US$285,000 of funding has been awarded at provincial level to improve the infrastructure of two banana producers’ associations.

Palm oil: Certified progress

In Ecuador 93 oil-palm smallholders are expected to receive RSPO certification through a partnership with the Natural Habitats Group. NHG has certified its mill and all suppliers and is helping hundreds of smallholders adopt good agricultural practices by working with sector organization Ancupa. In Colombia, 12,888 hectares of RSPO plantations are ready to be certified through a partnership with Agrobiz.

Expanding the team

Solidaridad Andes has opened an office in Colombia with seven full-time staff, to support the technical secretariat for the Sustainable Trade Platform. The programme’s website (www.comerciosostenible.org) sets out the main principles. Larger projects have been subjected to the results-based management approach.

Contact information

Main contact

Gonzalo la Cruz
Av. Roosevelt Nº 5866
Miraflores
Lima 18
Peru
+51 1 4454242