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Equator Initiative Case Study - Association of Indigenous and Peasant Producers (ASPROINCA)

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Based in the northern Caldas region of Colombia, the Association of Indigenous and Peasant Producers (Asociación de Productores Indígenas y Campesinos - ASPROINCA) is a community-based organization that works with close to 350 indigenous farming families to diversify their agricultural production in an environmentally responsible manner.
A key objective of the association is ending local dependence on coffee production. The initiative promotes sustainable agricultural practices and encourages the recovery of native varieties of beans, maize, panelera cane, and fodder plants to increase household food security. ASPROINCA also trains farmers to harness biogas from animal waste, thereby relieving pressure on surrounding forests for firewood. The adoption of sustainable eco-agricultural practices preserves the area as a critical micro-watershed that serves the rural peasant communities of Riosucio, Supia and Qunchia. The Equator Initiative brings together the United Nations, governments, civil society, businesses and grassroots organizations to recognize and advance local sustainable development solutions for people, nature and resilient communities. As local and indigenous groups across the world chart a path towards sustainable development, the Equator Prize--issued biennially by the Equator Initiative--shines a spotlight on their efforts by honoring them on an international stage. This project was awarded the Equator Prize in recognition of its contribution to local sustainable development solutions.

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