Situation – Project KardiaNuts Colombia
- Vichada is a remote and neglected department within Colombia that has a long history of social injustice. It is one of the poorest departments within Colombia.
- It has a large indigenous population living in substandard conditions.
- With the political unrest in Venezuela, the remote and underfinanced area has received a large influx of immigration.
- It is a young rural community that with the peace treaty signed in 2016 has many opportunities through the new agricultural development policy.
Objective & values
CASHEW CULTIVATION FOR SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT IN THE COLOMBIAN BACKCOUNTRY
Founded in 2018, KardiaNuts is a newly established, for-profit company with the ambitious goal of contributing to the sustainable development of rural areas in Colombia by building a comprehensive value chain for organic cashew. By providing employment opportunities, training and the development of responsible agricultural production methods, KardiaNuts aims to promote local rural development by building a model farm that can be adopted by others to multiply the company’s economic impact throughout the region. KardiaNuts can help strengthen rural Colombia with important social and environmental goals made possible by a financially sustainable business.
Why Colombia and its rural areas? After more than 50 years of internal conflict and almost six years of negotiations, the government signed a peace agreement with the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), the country’s main rebel group, in November 2016. This agreement opened the door to new opportunities in the rural areas of Colombia. KardiaNuts has made it its mission to enable an integrative and sustainable economic development in neglected regions that have suffered a long history of social injustice. The creation of genuine and inclusive rural development is the key to lasting and stable peace in Colombia.
You can learn more about this project in the interview with Ueli Baruffol, the founder of Pakka.