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Reconversion of Small Coffee Farms into Self-Sustainable Agricultural Family Units in Ecuador (CFC/ICO/31)

 

The project seeks to strengthen the management capacity of producer organisations and related agencies involved in the project areas in Ecuador. The project reconverts coffee farms into self-sustaining agricultural units through diversification of their agricultural production systems. The project also promotes processing of primary commodities and the development of co-operative marketing channels for the local market. Given the declining income of small farmers exclusively producing coffee, it is proposed to diversify the income sources of farmers through redesigning the farms into diversified product farms. The project objectives are (a) to strengthen the management capacity of producer organization and bodies involved in the project areas; (b) to reconvert 1,200 coffee farms into self-sustainable agricultural units through diversification of their agricultural production systems; (c) to promote processing of primary production and the development of co-operative marketing channels for the local sale of the surplus agricultural production. The project has been successful in terms of diversification of the coffee based rural economy of Ecuador and the results are being disseminated to other countries in the region. The project completed its activities on the ground in 2011. A project result dissemination workshop is scheduled for the first half of 2012.