News Archive - 2009
through Organic Farming
News, December 2009
The organic management of the sugar cane plantations contributes
effectively to the conservation of water in the western cordillera of
the Andes in Ecuador. We have calculated that the 187
in the communities of CADO are responsible for the conservation of
about 4000 litres of water a minute for the rivers in the area.
We can conclude that the fair trade production of alcohol in
cordillera could be an important reference point for water conservation
in other Latin American countries such as Peru and Bolivia if this
example was replicated.
New Radio Programme
News, December 2009
CRACYP started a new twice-weekly radio programme from December, with
the aim of extending knowledge to local farmers for the effective
management of organic agriculture in the area of our sugar cane
producing communities. The programme complements the organic
management of sugar cane for the production of organic
alcohol, aiming to improve the quality of the finished
product. The export of alcohol to The Body Shop
(an international chain using community trade products to produce
ecological cosmetics in Europe and the rest of the world) is running
successfully with quality meeting the strict requirements of the
Organic Certification Renewed
CADO, which is the biggest organic community enterprise in the area,
effectively complied with the rules for the renewal of organic
certification for its sugar cane plantations and distilleries from the
certifier BCS Öko Garantie. CADO also managed to
include 85 new families in the exportation process. The
compliance of these new families with the regulations was achieved
thanks to the effective work carried out by the technicians and the
team in the communities, with an important display of effort invested
by 12 communities in the provinces of Cotopaxi and Bolivar.
Volunteers Achieve Great
CRACYP is responsible for the management in Ecuador of volunteers from
Global Routes, an organization that sends young volunteers from the
United States. In 2009, we have received various groups to
help the communities of: Bosque de Oro, La Chongona, La Cadena and
Tabanal Chico. Amongst the most important work they carried
out in the communities we must emphasise the construction and fitting
out of the Health SubCentre for the Seguro Campesino in Bosque de Oro.
This centre now has basic equipment for emergency medical
attention. It will serve more than 500 farming families
in San Luis de Pambíl and the surrounding area.
This and other smaller works have been a great result of
effective help from the Global Routes volunteers for the the
communities in the area of San Luis de Pambíl.
Internships in sustainable rural development are now available with
CRACYP in our sugar cane farming communities. So
many development students have requested the chance to
gain experience in fields such as sustainable agriculture, ecotourism
and community development that we will now be accepting interns to
help on current projects and experience the reality of working
rural development. More
details of sustainable development internship program.
Rural Development Work Recognised
CRACYP News, August
The Ecuadorian Government has asked Carlos Cabrera to consult for them
and he is now part of the Council for Equality of People which is
developing equality policies for the different cultures recognised in
the country. Carlos was invited to be one of the 12 members
recognition of the importance of his work in the field as Executive
Secretary of CRACYP and Founding Manager of CADO in sustainable
development, organic production for export and the management of
community enterprises, strategies which are important for
First Container of Community
CRACYP News, July
The first container of CADO´s fairly-traded,
community-produced alcohol with organic certification set sail this
week after a ten-year struggle. It went to L´Oreal
in Europe for use in perfumes. CADO is the first organization
in the world to export this type of alcohol, produced in the foothills
of the Andes, conserving the environment and water sources, and paying
a fair price to the farming families who are the members of the project.
Good Results for the PROTTAR
CRACYP News, July,
The PROTTAR transfer of agricultural technology project closed with
excellent results for the communities. For example, the
organic certification of around 500 hectares of old-growth, fine
quality cacao forests was achieved. This is with the
objective of producing a new product for export, an organic,
community-produced, chocolate liqueur. Because of the
positive results, we are hoping that the project will be continued and
are waiting to hear news of this from the State soon.
Internships in Sustainable
Development a Possibility
CRACYP News, June,
After receiving various requests to do an internship with CRACYP, we
are considering the idea. There may be the possibility of an
internship program to complement the volunteer opportunities we already
offer. If you are studying sustainable development, organic
agriculture or a similar subject and are interested in taking an
internship with us, write to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Galapagos Project Delayed
CRACYP News, May,
Our ecosystem rescue project in Galapagos is still not moving forward.
We are continuing with various bureaucratic challenges, but
so far we still cannot accept volunteers in the Galapagos Islands or
start the project. When we have more news, it will be
CRACYP News, April,
The PROTTAR project continues with the transfer of agricultural
technology to local communities. 22 agricultural and
livestock technicians working for CRACYP are out in the field training
farmers in the management of crops such as rice, cacao, maize,
sugarcane, cattle, baby bananas and plantain. Much of the
work is focused on organic production for the food security of the
country, as promoted in Ecuador´s new constitution.
First Fair Price Sale of Organic
CRACYP News, February
The purchase has started! The members of CADO have received
their first "fair price" cheques for their organic alcohol production.
As one of the ladies told us, for just one tank of alcohol,
the difference in price is enough to buy her son a school uniform.
So the fair price is already changing lives. A
great businessman, Don Camilo Jarrín, has kindly helped us
out with a trailer in which to store the aguardiente before
transporting it to the rectification plant. Without this
philanthropic gesture, we would not be able to achieve this success,
and we are very grateful for his support.
Another Step Forward Towards the
Sale of Organic Alcohol
CRACYP News, February
CADO has obtained an operating capital loan from Root Capital.
This will allow us to process and export our organic,
community-produced alcohol. We have found a market at a fair
price and are just waiting for the first purchase order and a mountain
of paperwork. The families have struggled for many years to
achieve certification and invest in quality improvements, and now they
are all eagerly awaiting their first "fair price" payments.
news from CRACYP:
container of community organic alcohol; sustainable development
internships; Galapagos project delayed; Transfer of agricultural
technology; First fair price sale of community organic alcohol; Step
closer to sale of organic alcohol.
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development & reforestation in rural communities
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