• Fruqueña project
    The Fruqueña project supports small fruitgrowers.
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  • Berry bush seedlings
    The berry bushes need to be planted first.
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  • Ripe blackberries
    And when fruit like these blackberries is finally ripe …
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  • The berry harvest begins
    … it is harvested by the fruit growers on the plantations.
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  • Field work generates regular income
    The fruit growers are passionate about their work …
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  • Fruit growers on plantations
    … and are happy about a rich harvest.
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  • The berries are sorted according to quality
    After being harvested, the fruit is sorted according to quality.
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  • Fruitgrower with daughter
    For the fruit growers, field work generates regular income, which they use to support their families.
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  • Family from Peru
    This family from Antioquia is also part of Fruqueña.
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  • Children on the plantations
    Children play on the berry plantations.
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  • Young farmers
    The next generation of fruit growers is in the starting blocks, ready to pass on their knowledge to the community and farmers.
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Despite Colombia’s dynamic economic growth in recent years, many inhabitants of the rural Antioquia district live below the national poverty line. Decades of civil war have forced many families, and especially young people, to flee to the cities. The aim of the Fruqueña initiative, which is tied to a multi-year action plan launched by the regional government of Antioquia, is to improve the social and economic structures in the region.

The initiative helps farmers and village communities form cooperatives as a way of increasing their income in the long term and improving future prospects especially for the region’s youth. Since 2011, Siemens Stiftung in cooperation with the Colombian El Cinco foundation has been supporting the training of young farmers, with a focus on fruit growing.

In the meantime, the Fruqueña School of Fruit and Horticulture has turned out two graduating classes with more than 100 young people who have successfully completed vocational training as certified agricultural engineers. In fact, one group of graduates has founded a technical consulting firm.