Improving the Economic Performance of Agriculture Co-operatives (IMPACT Project). 

 

During this project funded by Global Affairs Canada and managed by the Canadian Co-operative Association, CCA, Cannexion organized and coordinated two commercial missions with 12 Colombian Co-operatives (coffee and fruits) to visit Canada.

A CUP OF PEACE AND PROSPERITY


Cannexion designed and coordinated a trade mission of eight co-operatives and coffee producer associations from Colombia, to visit Canada to learn about its consumers’ needs. During the mission, the Colombian delegation had the opportunity to visit coffee roasters, trade agencies, importers, retailers and grocery stores. Also, they met some members of the value chain community, to discuss SPS
requirements, challenges and expectations.

The group also had the opportunity to participate –for the first time ever- with an exhibition booth at SIAL agri-food show. The eight associations that represent more than 4,000 family producers, come from various regions in Colombia, and each association has an amazing story behind their unique specialty coffee (bean, roasted, and organic varieties). This activity took place in Toronto from May 1 to 6, 2017.

 

More than 600 Colombian fruit producers represented by 6 Co-ops (Mango, avocado, passion & dragon fruits) visited-for the first time ever- the Canadian Produce Marketing Association, CPMA trade show in Toronto.
 

 

 

This trade mission enabled Colombian producers to meet with Canadian regulators, importers and selected stakeholders of the fruit value chain to discuss sanitary and phytosanitary compliance requirements, challenges and expectations. They also had the opportunity to establish contacts for future business opportunities.

This initiative is part of a multimillion project funded by Global Affairs Canada (GAC) and directed by the Canadian Co-operative Association – CCA. IMPACT is the largest Canadian-Colombian rural development project to date. This initiative works to advance socioeconomic wellbeing of women and men from producer cooperatives and associations in conflict-affected regions of Colombia. The associations have a serious commitment to empowerment of women and youth, and environmental stewardship, as is reflected in their operations and management.

 

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Colombian coffee growers court sales in Canada as peace takes root at home