Identifying and Diversifying:
Typical of most post-colonial states, Caldas is an economic monoculture. Coffee brought by the French became its sole cheap export, dominant land-use for arable land, and the life-blood for Caldas and much of Colombia. Since 2006 coffee yields nationwide have fallen by 30% due to an epidemic of insect spread plant diseases. Linked to climate change, dwindling yields have resulted in coffee futures soaring globally. Monocultures in any system are the weakest link and first to collapse when conditions are unfavorable. Strategically re-thinking the agricultural chemistry of Caldas may provide for additional economic resilience, local food security, and sustainable land-use practices.
The Caldas Landbank for promoting equitable ownership opportunities:
Through the mechanisms of land-banking or similar collaborative ownership instruments, existing low-yielding monocultures might be purchased and divided for polycultural multi-tenant use. Such a tactic is the reverse of “Land Consolidation” typically used to unite small agricultural parcels for large scale agribusiness. This form of agricultural “Land Hacking” identifies underperforming properties for purchase and unites them with a diverse consortium of stakeholders. The goal is resilience without subsidy.
If you did not see this in the above image/video links, here it is again:
International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD)'s article about agricultural microfinance in Latin America:
A balanced evaluation of agricultural microfinance cases from the Consultative Group to Assist the Poor (CGAP) & International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD):
A well regarded landbank outside of Detroit: