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  • Writer's pictureJon Ferguson

Getting To Know ANEI

As the main harvest continues to provide fresh offerings from the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta region of northern Colombia, we are highlighting offers in collaboration with the vision of the RioSierra project. The information below is from ANEI’s portfolio of available information for clients to review.

The Association of Agroecological Producers of the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta and Serranía del Perijá (ASOANEI) is located between the mountain ranges of the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta and Serranía del Perijá, made up of four ( 4) ancestral indigenous peoples (Arhuacos, Koguis, Wiwas and Kankuamos) and other producers throughout the region.

The organization produces organic coffee with a focus on delivering high-quality standards, which they give credit to traditional sustainable agricultural practices for maintaining their production. Through coffee, they share a message to the world about the importance of caring for and respecting the origin of life in order to live in harmony; ANEI means "delicious" in the IKU language (the native language of the Arhuacos). ANEI was established over 26 years ago, offering three of the strictest certifications; Certified Organic, Fair Trade (FLO), and Small Producers’ Symbol (SPP). In addition to these certifications, ANEI is continually investing in projects to further protect and maintain their traditional, regenerative agricultural practices. The following are some highlights of the investments by ANEI:

  • The Sierra Sagrada Project contributes to the conservation and sustainability of water sources, forests and sacred places. Through this project, they seek to protect natural resources and show an ecological alternative to industrialized societies.

  • Women Weavers Program: This program seeks to guarantee the participation and well-being of indigenous women producers through the empowerment of their traditional skill sets. This program contributes to gender equality, food sovereignty, and community infrastructure.

  • Young Planters Program: The young planters vibrate with the cultural power of the indigenous communities. ANEI seeks to link young people to traditional agricultural practices to encourage interest and further understanding for continuing to implement these regenerative practices in coffee production.

ANEI has helped coffee producers gain better access to coffee markets and develop their communities. The association now has 600 members, 16% of whom are women. General Information:

  • Cooperative Name: ANEI

  • Address: Valledupar, Cesar Cra 5° #16A – 53 La Garita

  • Embarkation port: Santa Marta, Colombia.

  • Elevation: 1.400 – 2.000 M.A.S.L.

  • Harvest Season: October to April.

  • Varietal: Típica, Bourbon, Caturra, Colombia, Castillo.

  • Members: 600 Families.

  • Harvesting method: Selective picking by hand.

  • Certifications: Organic, Fairtrade, and SPP.

  • FLO ID: 19371

  • Annual Production: 2373,093 Tns.

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