The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) approved a food security project for the Kogui community

The FAO approved a food security project for the Kogui Uldezhaxa community through its annual campaign: Telefood Special Fund to ensure food security in the region. The project will be supported by the regional National Learning Service (SENA) of Magdalena and the Colombian Agricultural Institute (ICA). The Coffee Growers Committee of Magdalena, through the Colombian Coffee Growers Federation (FNC)´s Extension Service (ES), will develop educational activities regarding the coffee harvesting process, guarantee technical assistance to community members, and supervise the execution of the project.

This Kogui community is one of the four indigenous groups that live in the “Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta” in the department of Magdalena. It has a total of 68 members distributed into 14 families of which 38 are children between 1 and 15 years of age. As victims of forced displacement because of Colombia´s armed conflict, the members of the community have faced very difficult times.

Based on the integration of livestock and agriculture production, the food security project will develop systems for both family and associative work. A 40 m2 equipped orchard will be granted to each of the 14 families allowing them to adopt stable and varied eating habits. In order guarantee both conservation and production, community work will be a priority for the project. Among others, “panela cane”, fish ponds, and coffee will be managed associatively by the community. By adding new vitamins and proteins to the community´s diet and strengthening its economy, FAO aims to increase and balance its nutrition, and by doing so, improve its member’s quality of life.