These days, a sense of pride pervades the 2,400 oregano producing families in Bolivia. For the first time ever, the fruits of their labour on their plots of land are travelling across the Atlantic. UNEC, their packaging and marketing company, has so far exported 45 tonnes of oregano to Spain.
Heavily impacted by the torrential rains and landslides that devastated several regions of Peru in March 2017, agricultural cooperatives PURIFOR, COAVAF, Huarmey, and CEPROVASC have gradually recuperated their plots of productive land in recent months. The emergency fund set up by SOCODEVI and its Foundation has been an important lever for resuming activities after the natural disaster.
A delegation from SOCODEVI and La Coop fédérée participated in “FYCA 2017”, the International Congress on Agri-food Marketing and Financing, held last October in Cartagena, Colombia. Supported by Colombia’s Bolsa Mercantil, the Colombian Farmers Society, Développement International Desjardins and the Canadian Embassy in Colombia, the event brought together more than 200 representatives and specialists from organizations working mainly in agricultural development, financing, and marketing.
SOCODEVI participated in the International Symposium on “Food Security and Nutrition in the Age of Climate Change”, an event organized last October by the Government of Quebec, in collaboration with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO). More than 200 experts exchanged views on the importance of farming and agri-food systems in the fight against climate change.
The latest edition of Co-op Week in Canada was an opportunity for more than 300 Promutuel Assurance and La Coop fédérée employees, member institutions of our network, to learn more about the impact of SOCODEVI and its Foundation’s actions in developing countries.