“Sowing the seeds of hope”: Rural families, agents of their own change

Colombia

Fundación Banco Arquidiocesano de Alimentos de Bogotá (Bogota Archdiocese Food Bank Foundation) was founded in 2001 to improved food security and nutrition for the most at-risk population in Colombia’s capital city, especially nursing mothers, children, youth and the elderly. The Food Bank receives food and supplies from companies, shops, industries, farmers and individuals. The Food Bank focuses on sorting, storing and distributing food responsibly, efficiently and equitably, guaranteeing that the products reach social organizations that work with the at-risk community.

Problem

In Colombia, 1.5 million tons of fruit and vegetables are lost annually in post-harvest. Producers are not able to sell them and eventually end up losing them. This loss of food provides a stark contradiction against a scenario in Colombia, where eight children die every day from malnutrition. In Bogota and its surrounding area, two million people have no food security, based on figures from the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).

Project

We aim to connect 50 rural farming families from rural Bogota as direct suppliers to the Food Bank.

Comunidad

50 rural families

volunteers involved