Kardianuts, Kolumbien

The Vision «Kardianuts»:

Interview with Ueli Baruffol
(Founder Pakka AG)

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Key Facts

Pakka Fairtrade Partner: 2018

Number of farming families: 19

Area: 2500

Main products:

  • Cashews
  • peanuts
  • mangoes
  • pineapples

Certifications:
Organic & Fair Trade

Country and Regions:
Colombia, Departamento de Vichada

About Kardianuts, Colombia

“Kardianuts” literally means “nuts from the heart”. The project involves the establishment and expansion of a sustainably producing model farm for organic and fair trade cashews in the hinterland of Colombia. The vision is to bring economic value creation and jobs to a structurally weak region.
A mixed culture of cashews and other crops – such as peanuts, pineapple and mango – is to be developed on 2500 hectares (equivalent to 25 km2 or, more vividly, 3,500 soccer fields). This should improve soil quality and create new income opportunities for local smallholder families. The experience gained from the model farm will also be used to help smallholders establish their own farms. “Kardianuts” will provide the land, capital and technical support to enable the farming families to work for themselves as small entrepreneurs. “Kardianuts” in turn becomes the buyer of their products and sells them at home and abroad.

The goal is thus to develop a nursery to plant carefully selected seedlings or trees adapted to the area, in order to ensure high quality and sustainable cashew production in the future. “Kardianuts” will thus be able to provide quality seedlings for its plantations, small producers and other landowners in the region.

Another goal is to take the first steps towards establishing an agro-forestry system by planting test plots for the other fruit trees and agricultural products. In this way, we understand what a stable system with high biodiversity, fertile soils and thus good productivity should look like; of course, always in the spirit of regenerative agriculture.

“Kardianuts”, with the support of Pakka, is building a biological fertilizer plant: as a basis and input for clean and sustainable agriculture, to ensure the supply of nutrients and to support the regeneration of microbiology and soil structure in general.

Pakka acts as a strategic investor and partner in this project, actively developing its future. Pakka Group’s interest, besides the development of this area, is mainly to bring the future produced cashew nuts to Europe. The import & distribution by Pakka ensures that the local farmers receive a regular income.