Helping small-scale producers in the agricultural sector in the department of Morazan, El Salvador

Helping small-scale producers in the agricultural sector in the department of Morazan, El Salvador

The action seeks to provide a comprehensive response to the problems faced by small-scale producers from seven sub-sectors in Morazán, El Salvador

With this project we contribute to supporting small scale farmers in order to increase productivity in their activities with environmentally friendly technique

EU Delegation to San Salvador

CONTEXT

This project seeks to provide a comprehensive response to the main problems faced by small-scale producers from seven sub-sectors in Morazán: henequen, coffee, livestock, beekeeping, vegetables, tourism, and handicrafts, improving their levels of business organisation, advocacy for the definition of public policies, competitiveness, and access to national and international markets.

OBJECTIVES

  • Strengthen the organisation and business associativity of small-scale agricultural and artisanal producers of Morazán.
  • Improve productivity and competitiveness through innovation and building networks between small agricultural and artisanal businesses in the department of Morazan.
  • Identify and expand the distribution channels for the products of these productive and agricultural sub-sectors in the department of Morazan.
  • Evaluation and sharing of results.

RESULTS

  • The organisational development and business associativity of 7 economic and productive sectors in Morazán is stronger.
  • 37 micro-businesses and 23 cooperatives of agricultural and artisanal producers improve their production and agro-industrial transformation technologies.
  • The business management capacities and market access for micro-businesses and small-scale producers in Morazán are strengthened.
  • A monitoring system is implemented and the results are shared at different levels.

FACTS AND FIGURES

  • The project was implemented with €500 000, of which €450 000 were contributed by the EU and €50 000 from ADEL Morazán fund and project partners.
  • This funding was distributed in four broad areas.

PARTNERS

TESTIMONY

Ana Lilian Pérez improved her honey production and now teaches beekeeping to other women

"For many years I dedicated myself to beekeeping, but I did it in very difficult condition. A lack of knowledge about how to manage hives and lack of instruments meant that the production and income were very small and did not give me enough to live off of.

Through the ADEL Morazán and EU project I had the opportunity to be trained in handling hives and received tools and materials to keep them in good conditions and get the most out of them. I also learned more about bee care, feeding, and the protein that is needed.

In addition, I no longer work individually, but now as part of a cooperative, which gives me opportunities to opt for more resources. I have also been able to register my trademark and transform it enter into the market formally and meet all requirements. My products already have their tags and I have different variations: honey, such honey with ginger, guanaba fruit, propolis, or hibiscus, among others.

I have been able to improve my income and reach economic independence. I also support training other women in the area to use beekeeping to get by. My desire is to produce more and make personal products like shampoo and honey soaps."