The LED Steering Committees, led by the UMATA (Municipal Agricultural Technical Assistance Units), are responsible for the implementation and monitoring of the plan. One of the most important achievements to date is that they have connected small producers with companies in the region, like Continental Gold, and help them to meet industry requirements.

  1. Antioquian Cofee: a 5-year agreement was signed between Continental Gold, three municipalities, and the National Federation of Coffee Growers to increase the quality of coffee of small-scale producers.

  2. Mining supply chain: An assessment of the supply and demand for the mining supply chain was carried out, including an evaluation of how local businesses meet a number of industry requirements. The assessment was led by experts from Peru and Sudbury, Ontario and has been used by Continental Gold to design its Productive Chain Program, which has trained 45 small business owners (51% women).

 

The CISAL Fund is an instrument for capacity building in local economic development and has strengthened the entrepreneurship of social leaders, youth and women from Antioquia:

LED plans and value chains

Local governments are implementing projects that respond to community needs in coordination with organizations in the region:

  1. Buritica – strengthening the sugar cane value chain by planting more three hectares of the product and improving a sugarcane processing mill with the support of Continental Gold, the Social Foundation, and the CISAL Fund.

  2. Cañasgordas – the local government has mobilized resources from the Government of Antioquia and others to operate a coffee combine harvester that would benefit 24 municipalities in the area.

  3. Santa Fe de Antioquia – investing in the health of rural families by providing 100 efficient stoves, with the support of the Federation of Coffee Growers, Continental Gold, and the CISAL Fund.

  4. Frontino was the first municipality to contribute financial resources to the CISAL Fund in order to support an additional project and strengthen the sugarcane value chain.