Women Seeding Peace - Life After Coca Crops

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Women Seeding Peace is a video web series created by PASO Colombia, a program of One Earth Future.  The series presents stories of transformation, sharing the lives of women who have left illicit crops behind to sow a new future of peace in their communities. These women have participated in PASO Colombia’s Contingency Plan To Support Ex-coca Grower Families, which has lended support in 10 municipalities, assisting 1,967 families registered in the Colombian government’s National Comprehensive Program for the Substitution of Illicit Crops (PNIS), developed as part of the implementation of the Peace Agreement.

The Contingency Plan to Support Ex-coca Grower Families is funded by the UN Multipartner Trust Fund for Sustaining Peace in Colombia, and implemented by PASO Colombia in coordination with the Presidential Office for Stabilization and Consolidation.

Sembradoras de Paz Emilse

Emilse - Dagua, Valle del Cauca

After eradicating coca crops, Emilse, together with a group of women, transformed her farm to produce and market food. Now, she is building a new relationship with her daughters and sowing a legacy for peace in her community.

Nancy - Alternatives to Growing Coca Colombia

Nancy - Anorí, Antioquia

Violence robbed Nancy’s children of their fathers. Now, she uses her leadership abilities to work with other women that have left coca crops behind, reconstructing the municipal nursery and cultivating a future of peace for their community.

Alternative Crops - Coca - Colombia

Mirian - Anorí, Antioquia

After losing her home in the midst of war, Mirian has rebuilt her life as part of the municipal nursery of Anorí. Having left the coca economy and violence behind, she was able to continue her education, learning valuable skills to generate income.

Substitution of illicit crops in Colombia - Socorro

Socorro - San José del Guaviare, Guaviare

Socorro has left behind grueling days in the kitchen preparing meals for coca growers who once worked her farmland. Today, in the Rural Alternative School (ERA) of San José del Guaviare, she’s learning how to sustainably grow legal crops and to breed animals.

Substitution of illicit crops in Colombia - Johana and Aura

Johana and Saura - Tibú, Norte de Santander

Johana and Saura share a history of forced displacement and the growing of coca crops to support their families. Today, both are reinventing their lives by learning new skills in sustainable agriculture and leaving their difficult past behind.

Substitution of illicit crops in Colombia - Sandra and Doris

Sandra and Dora - Dagua, Valle del Cauca

Learn how these women entrepreneurs who eradicated coca crops have formed the ecotourism cooperative CORTUCÁN, preserving and teaching about the paradise concealed in the Anchicayá River basin.

Nancy - Alternatives to Growing Coca Colombia

Diana and Martha - Bolívar, Valle del Cauca

Martha and Diana share how the collaborative work of various productive associations in the municipalities of El Dovio and Bolivar in Valle del Cauca has allowed them to build infrastructures of common benefit and organize markets to make viable alternative projects to coca.

Substitution of illicit crops in Colombia - Jani

Jani - Puerto Asís, Putumayo

Jani transformed her life thanks to the Contingency Plan. After leaving coca crops behind, she is now a leader in a Peasant Farmer Reserve where she shares her knowledge and is building a legacy of peace and prosperity in her community.

Press Mentions

  • RCN Radio - Paso Colombia in the Press
    June 30, 2020
    Women Seeding Peace: A Web Series Told by Peasant Women that Left Their Coca Crops Behind

    The program “Land of Dreams” from RCN Radio, interviewed Pontus Ohrstedt, Head of the UN Multi-Partner Trust Fund for Sustaining Peace in Colombia, and Juan Fernando Lucio, National Director of PASO Colombia. Ohrstedt highlighted the sustainability of the voluntary coca crops substitution. Lucio talked about the web series “Women Seeding Peace” and the Contingency Plan to Support Ex-Coca Grower Families that bridges the gap between phases of the National Comprehensive Program for the Substitution of Illicit Crops (PNIS).

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  • Univalle and Paso Colombia
    June 17, 2020
    Juan Fernando Lucio in Television Debates

    Juan Fernando Lucio, director of PASO Colombia, participated in Television Debates, a program of Univalle University Channel. He talked about the work carried out by PASO in peacebuilding and sustainable development of Colombian countryside, as well as the web series “Women Seeding Peace” produced by PASO which tells the experience of women who show that is possible “to leave the coca behind in a permanent and sustainable way”.

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  • El Espectador Paso Colombia
    June 16, 2020
    Women Seeding Peace: The Web Series of Women Who Gave Up Coca Crops

    The Colombian national newspaper, El Espectador, interviewed Johana, the subject of Episode 5 of PASO Colombia’s web series “Women Seeding Peace.” The article describes the series, which highlights women who participated in the Contingency Plan implemented by PASO Colombia,  as telling “how violence crossed their lives, but also open the horizon for alternatives that may help unravel the crop substitution program, whose implementation is demanded from different regions of the country.”

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  • Canal Capital and Paso Colombia
    May 18, 2020
    Women Seeding Peace, Life After Coca Crops: An Inspiring Documentary

    The news section of the Capital Channel talked about the stories of social transformation that were recorded in the web series “Women Seeding Peace.” Juan Fernando Lucio, director of PASO Colombia, explained how PASO’s Contingency Plan is being implemented to support women that left behind illicit crops and became leaders within their territories.

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  • Razon Publica and Paso Colombia
    May 18, 2020
    Women Seeding Peace, Life After Coca Crops

    Fernando Pieschacón, Communications Officer of PASO Colombia, and Director of the series “Women Seeding Peace” was invited to make a video column in the web portal Razón Pública. He talked about the experience that gave rise to this series: the work of PASO Colombia supporting 1,967 families who participated in voluntary coca crops substitution and who became partners in the sustainable development of their territories.

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  • El Tiempo and Paso Colombia
    May 12, 2020
    Women Seeding Peace: The Peasant Women Who Left Coca Crops

    The national newspaper El Tiempo published an article on "Women Seeding Peace", a series that brings together the stories of peasant women who voluntarily substituted crops for illicit use. It reviews how the participants in the Contingency Plan to Support Ex-Coca Grower Families are "the protagonists of the 8-episode web series that gathers the testimonies of these women who help to revive the countryside through crop substitution, and who have become the engines of sustainable development in their territories”.

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