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Colombia: Youth Startup Academy
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Juan
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Hoyos
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hoyos@intracen.org
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<p>The Youth Startup Academy Colombia project, financed by the Korea SMEs and Startups Agency (KOSME), aims to incubate 800 young entrepreneurs in vulnerable regions of Colombia and to support 100 high impact technology based startups in Bogota and Medellin by 2026. To fulfil this goal, the project will adapt and implement the Korean Youth Startup Academy programme, the most successful Korean startup incubation and acceleration programme. The project will partner with various local institutions, including iNNpulsa, the government agency mandated to coordinate all startup entrepreneurship activities in Colombia. Throughout the project term(March 2024~December 2026), the project will run 4 intakes of entrepreneurs, and will provide training, mentoring and consulting services. For the implementation, the project will partner with the Government of Colombia (i.e. Ministry of Trade, Industry, and Tourism), the Korean Government (Ministry of SME and Startups, KOSME) and various agents in the Korean and Colombian startup ecosystem.</p>

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C216
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Latin America: an online global public good to enable compliance with Regulations on Deforestation-free value chains
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Beatriz
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Rodriguez Perez
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brodriguez@intracen.org
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Sustainable Development Goals

This project contributes to the following Sustainable Development Goals, as defined by the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

<p>This project will enhance ITC offerings of global public goods through the development of a tool, the Deforestation-Free Trade Gateway (DFTG), aimed to mitigate the potential impact of the new European Union Deforestation Regulation (EUDR) on trade flows between Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) and the European Union, particularly for economic operators involved in the production and trade of the commodities covered by the Regulation.&nbsp;</p><p>The project will develop a functionality, the Deforestation-Free-Trade Producer Registry, for value chain operators in both European and Latin American and Caribbean (LAC) countries to gather evidence that the products they trade do not originate from deforested or forest degraded areas. Thus, &nbsp;the Deforestation-Free Producer Registry will gather the farm-level information that the EU operators need for issuing their Due Diligence Statement.</p>

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C374
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SheTrades Latin America: Supporting women businesses‘ transition towards the post COVID digital age
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Beatriz
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Rodriguez Perez
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brodriguez@intracen.org
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Empowering women through e-commerce

Companies are invited to apply to the programme. To qualify for the e-commerce training, companies must be:

  • Micro, small or medium companies where women hold at least 25% of leadership roles
  • Located in Argentina, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Panama or Uruguay 
  • Producer and marketer of products suitable for sale online, such as beauty and cosmetics, fashion, accessories, jewellery, handicrafts, toys, stationery, gourmet products, digital marketing, consulting services, and others.

For more information, visit the SheTrades website. 

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Sustainable Development Goals

This project contributes to the following Sustainable Development Goals, as defined by the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

<p><br></p><p dir="ltr"><strong>SheTrades Latin America is an initiative of ITC - SheTrades Global, implemented by ITC - ecomConnect. With the objective of empowering and training 1,000 women-led companies to enable them to sell their products and services online. The programme will run from June 2022 to December 2023.&nbsp;</strong></p><p dir="ltr"><strong>ITC works with strategic partner institutions specialized in e-commerce in Argentina, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Honduras, Guatemala, Panama and Uruguay, to develop tools and events in Spanish. The project aims to guide and assess a total of 1,000 beneficiary companies in their e-commerce journey on the virtual learning platform developed by the project.</strong></p><p dir="ltr"><strong>SheTrades LatAm will contribute to SDG 5 and the ITC target of &quot;Connecting 3 Million Women to Markets.&quot;&nbsp;</strong></p><p><br></p><p>SheTrades Latin America es una iniciativa piloto de SheTrades Global, implementada por ecomConnect. Su objetivo es aumentar la digitalizaci&oacute;n de 1,000 empresas latinoamericanas lideradas por mujeres para vender en l&iacute;nea. El proyecto se comenz&oacute; en junio, 2022, y se llevar&aacute; a cabo hasta diciembre de 2023.</p><p>El ITC trabaja con las instituciones t&eacute;cnicas especializadas en comercio digital en Argentina, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Honduras, Guatemala, Panam&aacute; y Uruguay para desarrollar y probar las herramientas y eventos en espa&ntilde;ol. El proyecto aspira a capacitar a un total de 1.000 empresas beneficiarias en su ruta para vender en l&iacute;nea utilizando la plataforma de aprendizaje virtual desarrollada en el marco del proyecto.&nbsp;</p><p>SheTrades LatAm contribuir&aacute; al ODS 5 y al objetivo del ITC de &ldquo;Conectar a 3 millones de mujeres con el mercado&rdquo;.</p>

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B999
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Colombia PUEDE: Peace and unity through productive development and commercialization
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Nicolas
Last name
Escobar Parra
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nescobar@intracen.org
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Colombia PUEDE

Through Colombia PUEDE, ITC is working to improve the income earning opportunities of 2,000 smallholder farmers and their families in post-conflict areas of Colombia by increasing their productivity, improving the quality of their produce, and connecting them with markets. 

Colombia PUEDE works with small producers of coconuts, cocoa and Tahiti lime in four post-conflict municipalities in the Department of Nariño, in the south of Colombia: El Rosario, Leiva, Policarpa, and Tumaco. 

We aim to help these farmers through: 

  • Increasing their access to technical assistance and infrastructure 

  • Strengthening the capacities and skills of producers  

  • Enhancing the market knowledge of small producers  

  • Identifying and taking advantage of market opportunities and value chain alliances.  

PUEDE Coconut producer
A coconut producing company in the Bajo Mira y Frontera Community Council
Milena Moreno

Empowering smallholder farmers

The International Trade Centre’s Colombia PUEDE project, supported by the European Union Trust Fund for Colombia, is helping farmers and their families in post-conflict areas reach their dreams of a better life by improving their trade and income opportunities.  

Among the multiple effects of Colombia’s decades of armed conflict is the destruction of livelihoods and, consequently, significant levels of rural poverty in today’s post-conflict regions. 

We are transforming these communities by providing management, production and harvesting knowledge, and linking farmers in the areas that were most affected by armed conflict to new business opportunities. 

Improvements in coconut, lime, and cacao production are now empowering smallholder farmers, including women and young people, to increase sales. 

As these areas represent 90% of the country and 30% of the population, transforming the rural economy is key to promoting reconciliation, peace, and development in Colombia.  

Tahiti lime producer
Tahiti lime producer
Milena Moreno
The transformation of the rural economy is key to promoting reconciliation, peace, and development
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As small producers, through Colombia PUEDE, we have come to learn that we can produce limes of high quality and that we can increase our income by selling the fruit. Today, we are supported by an excellent and competent team who has guided us, so our product reaches the international market.
As small producers, through Colombia PUEDE, we have come to learn that we can produce limes of high quality and that we can increase our income by selling the fruit. Today, we are supported by an excellent and competent team who has guided us, so our product reaches the international market.
Omar Aguirre
Campo Bello
Tahiti lime farmers’ organization in Leiva, Nariño, Colombia.
Tahiti lime farmers’ organization in Leiva, Nariño, Colombia.
Asocacao has become stronger, our partners are more committed, and we are more aware that the future of our organization depends on us. Personally, I have also grown. I feel empowered as a woman. Before, I used to shy away from speaking in public. Now, I can express my ideas without restraint.
Cocoa harvesting organization primarily commercializing raw beans.
Asocacao has become stronger, our partners are more committed, and we are more aware that the future of our organization depends on us. Personally, I have also grown. I feel empowered as a woman. Before, I used to shy away from speaking in public. Now, I can express my ideas without restraint.
Olga Portillo
Asocacao Policarpa
Cocoa harvesting organization primarily commercializing raw beans.
Cocoa harvesting organization primarily commercializing raw beans.
It is gratifying to see that our crops have improved. What I value most about Colombia PUEDE is that they take a chance on the youth, they train and support us. It depends on us to implement what we have learned and in doing so improve our families' wellbeing. In terms of market access, we have identified more clients beyond Nariño without going through intermediaries.
Small producer organization primarily commercializing Tahiti lime, located in El Rosario, Nariño, Colombia.
It is gratifying to see that our crops have improved. What I value most about Colombia PUEDE is that they take a chance on the youth, they train and support us. It depends on us to implement what we have learned and in doing so improve our families' wellbeing. In terms of market access, we have identified more clients beyond Nariño without going through intermediaries.
Ernesto España
Corfopatía
Small producer organization primarily commercializing Tahiti lime, located in El Rosario, Nariño, Colombia.
Small producer organization primarily commercializing Tahiti lime, located in El Rosario, Nariño, Colombia.
We wish to continue working with young people to give them work opportunities and the choice of formal employment. We can dream of a new future by better reintegrating into society thanks to the resources granted by the ITC (International Trade Center).
We wish to continue working with young people to give them work opportunities and the choice of formal employment. We can dream of a new future by better reintegrating into society thanks to the resources granted by the ITC (International Trade Center).
Segundo Ordoñez
Nueva Esperanza
Small coconut and cacao producers’ organization in the process of social reintegration in civilian life in Tumaco, Nariño, Colombia.
Small coconut and cacao producers’ organization in the process of social reintegration in civilian life in Tumaco, Nariño, Colombia.

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This project contributes to the following Sustainable Development Goals, as defined by the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

<p>Colombia PUEDE is working to improve income earning opportunities of 2,000 smallholder farmers and their families in post-conflict areas of Colombia by increasing their productivity, improving the quality of their produce, and strengthening their market competitiveness.</p><p>Colombia PUEDE works with small producers of coconuts, cocoa, and Tahiti lime in four post-conflict municipalities of the Department of Nari&ntilde;o, in the south of Colombia: El Rosario, Leiva, Policarpa, and Tumaco.</p><p>We aim to help these farmers through:</p><ul><li>Increasing their access to technical assistance and infrastructure.</li><li>Strengthening the capacities and skills of producers</li><li>Enhancing the market knowledge of small producers</li><li>Identifying market opportunities and value chain alliances.</li></ul>

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