Farming Cooperatives in Venezuela
By Evergreen State College
The following set of images were taken by Evergreen State College on their latest trip to Venezuela, where they visited a number of Venezuelan farming cooperatives aimed at securing food sovereignty. The images include a cocao cooperative in Barlovento and an agroecology site near the western state of Merida.
"Here is one of the farming cooperatives we visited, La Provincia, in the area called the Paramo, which practiced Agroecology. We learnt from them about the fertilizer they were using, made with a fungus called Trichoderma, about planting fava beans, and preparing the criollo cilantro seeds to go into the ground. The community of 54 families has a communal council which has recieved funding for infrastructure projects and more recently a communal house." (Evergreen State College)">.
The fertilizer used at La Provincia (Evergreen State College).
"At a Cacao growing cooperative in Barlovento we were shown how they harvest the cacao and they explained the methods they use to be environmentally friendly." (Evergreen State College)">.
It is this cooperative which processes and sells the cacao in Venezuela (Evergreen State College).
Deshelling the cacao beans... (Evergreen State College).
Once the beans are peeled, they are then ground into a fine cacao powder... (Evergreen State College).
and finally you are left with a natural, delicious and preservative-free chocolate bar (Evergreen State College).
Bevere is a farming cooperative that supports several families, and was formed through the land reform under Chavez. They use organic, sustainable practices and are able to produce enough to export out of their town (Evergreen State College).
Bevere farming cooperative (Evergreen State College).
Published on Jun 18th 2012 at 7.17am