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Colombia bets on intergenerational dialogue to maintain the coffee tradition

Thousands of children and young people from the department of Cauca, in southwestern Colombia, participate in the "School and Café" project, which aims to prevent the new generation from leaving the Cultivating coffee and favoring the maintenance of traditional techniques.

La Venta (Colombia), July 8 (EFE) .- Thousands of children and young people from the department of Cauca, in southwestern Colombia, participate in the "School and Café" project, which aims to New generations to abandon coffee cultivation and favor the maintenance of traditional techniques.

"This initiative was conceived in 2009 to see that the students were Deserting the school and leaving the field leaving the coffee farmers alone, "explained to Efe the coordinator of the project by the National Federation of Coffee Growers (FNC) in the region, Juan Carlos Alegría.

The initiative has the support of the FNC itself, as well as local companies focused on this grain that only in this area of ​​Colombia works more than 90,000 Families.

One of the parents of the young people who are part of the project emphasized the importance of children preparing, but never leaving the field because "there is where it is created The wealth. "

The initiative allows young people from schools like Efraín Orozco, in the small coffee-growing village of La Venta, to work a few hours each week growing coffee in Their school.

With the money the school earns by selling the coffee grown by students with the help of their teachers, small repairs and improvements are paid. Helps young people to afford their post-compulsory education.

"This is a productive pedagogical project in which children apply what they learn in All the subjects, "said Alegría.

According to those responsible for the program, in rural areas of Colombia just over 3% of young people go to university, however, "We want to offer a productive project so that the young people stay in the field with a project of life through the "Said another FNC representative in the area, who predicted that this project will merge the parents' experience with the new techniques School.

Colombia is the third largest coffee producer in the world, surpassed only by Brazil and Vietnam, and the sector hopes that the end of the armed conflict with the FARC Increase the production of this grain, which besides being an important source of income supposes a symbol of this Andean country.

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