Producers to Markets Alliance: Increase Export Sales by Connecting Producers to Markets
While Colombia’s conflict-affected territories are home to resilient communities and entrepreneurial human capital, they have also long been plagued by illegal economies, violence and underdevelopment. Precarious institutions and decades-long armed conflict have given rise to narco-trafficking, illegal mining, trafficking in persons and arms, all which threaten stability, security and the country’s transition to peace. For this reason, USAID’s Producers to Market Alliance (PMA) seeks to strengthen legal economies in these areas by increasing the competitiveness of licit producers and the value of licit products. PMA will improve the capacity of rural producers and enterprises to respond to the quality standards and volume requirements of licit markets in selected conflict-affected areas where success is key to advancing Colombia’s peace. PMA will help close business deals between producers and buyers to increase incomes and employment opportunities for smallholder farmers, including women heads of household and members of minority ethnic groups. PMA will support high-potential value chains, including cacao, specialty coffee, natural latex, tropical fruits and vegetables, and sustainable dairy production. PMA will provide an important complement to Colombian efforts to reduce coca.
PMA is implemented by the U.S. firm FINTRAC and runs from March 2017 – March 2022. The program will be implemented in priority municipalities in the departments of Antioquia, Bolívar, Caquetá, Cauca, Córdoba, Huila, Meta, Nariño, Sucre, Tolima, and Valle del Cauca. ReliefWeb