30 participants of the Rural Alternative Schools (ERAs) of Mutatá, Dabeiba and Ituango in Antioquia traveled to the Valle del Cauca department to take part in a pedagogical agroecological tour organized by PASO Colombia and the “Living Territories” alliance that supports the operation of the ERAs in Antioquia.
The objective of this three-day tour was to share experiences with the Network of Agroecological Families of Valle del Cauca to strengthen the technical, social, organizational and economical aspects of the productive projects supported by the ERAs in Antioquia. The participants visited 5 different farms where they participated in practical knowledge-sharing workshops learning how the agroecological model is implemented, both in large and small-scale businesses, applied to the production of cocoa, sugar cane, vegetables, livestock, fish, chickens, pork, among other products.
The agroecological model combines traditional indigenous farming knowledge with ecological and modern farming technologies to develop sustainable agroecosystems that protect the environment, while generating savings in external agricultural inputs for the producers and much healthier products for the consumers. It also prioritizes food self-sufficiency over large scale commercial monocultures. For these reasons it is the preferred production model among the communities participating in the ERAs around the country.