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Project details

PRODEF

Development of forestry and agri-industrial channels within the FEDECOVERA network

country

Guatemala

duration

8 years

budget

$6.9 million CAD

Agrifood

Sustainable forestry and agro-forestry

107 000

member families of federations of cooperatives

7000

native beneficiary families

FEDECOVERA, a federation of cooperatives in Guatemala, wanted to diversify its economic activities in order to strengthen its member cooperatives’ economic development. With the support of forestry cooperatives in Quebec, SOCODEVI assisted in creating and developing market channels for forestry and cardamom within this organization in the Verapaces region.

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We set up a forestry department, including plant production, reforestation, geomatics, land planning and processing services, as well as activities ranging from cardamom packaging to export. Thanks to these efforts, and families’ mobilization to boost reforestation, a culture of agro-forestry has developed. Today, FEDECOVERA continues to grow and stands as the world’s top producer and exporter of organic cardamom.

Results

2 million
plants produced

per year thanks to the establishment of a nursery complex

150 000
trees planted

through the Tree of Intercooperation program

2,000
jobs created

as part of nursery operations, 70% of which are held by women

30
Countries

in North America, Europe, Asia and the Middle East now import cardamom from FEDECOVERA

Major donors

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