Solidaridad Andes

Coffee: Strengthening networks

Solidaridad Andes continues to expand its training programmes in sustainable coffee production. Many workers from export companies have signed up for low-cost distance learning courses to help them co-operate more effectively with coffee farmers.

Coffee farmers in Colombia working with new training materials

Achievements and partnerships:

  • Peru: Coffee promoters act as ‘live’ demonstration centres for producers. The skills the learn enabled 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 formalization 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: Gold miners receive training in several workshops. Meeting legal standards, achieving formal recognition and certification are essential elements of a responsible supply chain.
  • Solidaridad works with the European Union 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. 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:

  • Funding has been awarded at provincial level to improve the infrastructure of two banana producers' associations.

Palm oil: Certified progress

In Ecuador, 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, a large number of hectares of RSPO plantations are ready to be certified through a partnership with Agrobiz.

Solidaridad Andes website

For complete details about the programmes and activities of Solidaridad Andes (in Spanish), please visit:

  • Contact Information

    Gonzalo la Cruz

    Managing Director, Solidaridad South America

    Av. Roosevelt 5866 Miraflores, Lima 18 - Peru