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Production, transformation and research of the medicinal plants of the indigenous community of Frontino Colombia.

Improvement of the health of the Indigenous community of Frontino of the municipality of the Sierra of the department of Cauca Colombia.

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What problem does the idea help to solve and how does your solution work? (2,000 characters maximum)

Own medicine in the Indigenous community of Frontino, Yanacona town, municipality of Cierra Cauca Colombia, is an essential part of its cultural identity; therefore, its production, transformation and research is an urgent task that involves its entire population, especially traditional doctors who see with great concern as the influence of Western medicine, has led to a certain degree of dependence on conventional medicines (ibuprofen , naproxen, diclofenac, among others), which have been generating isolation from the use of medicinal plants and subsequently their disappearance from the territory.

Geography of focus (500 characters)

Frontino Indigenous Community, Yanaconas people, municipality of the Sierra Cauca Colombia.

Building Bridges: What bridge does your idea build between people on the move and neighbors towards a shared future of stability and promise? (500 characters)

The indigenous community of Frontino has very stable internal and external relations with the peasant and Afro communities of the municipality of Sierra Cauca; With the production, transformation and research of medicinal plants, it is intended to make a direct link, because these communities suffer from many unsatisfied basic needs that the institutionality of the Colombian State fails to meet, especially the provision of health services.

What human need is your idea solving for? (1,000 characters)

The families of the indigenous community of Frontino, fight day after day to get ahead; and it has become a constant attempt from the organization to provide new options that awaken the human being's own abilities, so that they appropriate and feel the true importance they have inside and outside the community. The need to transcend to a state of inner and community peace is felt.

What will be different within the community of focus as a result of implementing your idea? (1,000 characters)

The healing powers of medicinal plants are immense, vitalize the human being, keep him healthy and prolong life; For this reason, when developing the idea, there will be low levels of illness, cultural empowerment, satisfaction of basic needs and organizational strengthening.

What is the inspiration behind your idea? (1,000 characters)

Strengthening one's own medicine is a primary objective of the Indigenous community of Frontino, in this sense, achieving 100% ownership will strengthen the organizational political process and transcend at local, zonal and regional levels; on the other hand they will generate new sources of family income to strengthen clean production and with it food autonomy.

Describe the dynamics of the community in which the idea is to be implemented. (1,000 characters)

The Indigenous community of Frontino belongs and identifies itself as Yanacona people, it is part of the Regional Indigenous Council of Cauca-CRIC; It has an organizational structure, in which the community is the highest authority within the territory, guided by internal law, customs and practices, regional and regional mandates and national standards.

How does your idea leverage and empower community strengths and assets to help create an environment for success? (1,000 characters)

The economy of the Indigenous community of Frontino is based on the production of coffee and cane cane as well as on a small scale the production of bananas, cassava, corn, beans and fruit trees. Within the population, clean production (organic fertilizers) prevails, but with the technification of crops, the use of chemical fertilizers, herbicides and fungicides has been increasing; By implementing the idea, knowledge of traditional doctors and older people will be enhanced, cultural practices for production, transformation and research will be strengthened.

What other partners or stakeholders will work alongside you in implementing the idea, if any? (1,000 characters)

Within the organizational structure of the community, all and all are partners, what will be sought is to link entities for the commercialization of products, both at the local level (mayor's office and organized groups), zonal (Cabildo Mayor Yanacona and Lending Institution of Health Runa Yanakuna) and Regional level (Health Program of the Regional Indigenous Council of Cauca-CRIC).

What part of the displacement journey is your solution addressing

  • Leaving a community of origin

Tell us how you'd describe the type of innovation you are proposing

  • Technology-enabled: Existing approach is more effective or scalable with the addition of technology

Group or Organization Name

Comunidad Indígena de Frontino

Tell us more about your group or organization [or lived experience as a displaced person?] (1000 characters)

Production, transformation and research of own medicinal plants, indigenous community of Frontino, Municipality of the Sierra, department of Cauca Colombia.

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Type of submitter

  • We are a registered Non-Profit Organization

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