BOGOTA – BASF Stiftung made a contribution to the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) to support school gardens and the inclusion of local producers in the supply chain process in the Colombian municipality of Puerto Asis located in the Putumayo Department.
Since the start of 2015, WFP has been implementing peace building projects aimed at protecting children in boarding schools caught in the conflict that must be protected from the surrounding violence.
Delivering fresh foods, such as fruits and vegetables, for school feeding programmes has been challenging for WFP in Putumayo, considering that it is one of the most remote areas of the country. For this reason, BASF Stiftung and WFP have partnered to assist over 3,700 children in boarding schools and two local farmer associations with approximately 200 members in Putumayo.
WFP activities in Colombia aim to protect children from forced labor and trafficking in rural areas, diversify the diet and nutritional education within the school systems, promote reconciliation and prevention of violence against women and support the construction, adaptation and sustainability of basic infrastructure such as gardens, drinking water supply systems and energy efficient stoves.
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