May 22, 2022

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The FNC has partnered with the International Labor Organization to improve health and safety at work in the union

The FNC has partnered with the International Labor Organization to improve health and safety at work in the union

The alliance between the National Federation of Coffee Growers (FNC) and the International Labor Organization (ILO) has made it possible, through training exercises, to raise awareness among family coffee growers about the occupational hazards of coffee cultivation and how to prevent them.

The joint strategy also implemented with the Ministry of Labor and the European Union which aims to enhance the skills of coffee farmers in the country and design different tools and tools for managing risks in the workplace, contributes to encouraging the adoption of healthy practices. Educating producers and their families about the richness of their environment and the privilege of living in the countryside for a healthy life.

According to the information provided by the Coffee Consortium led by Roberto Vélez Vallejo, work has been done on three components, among them: risk assessment and assessment, prevention of accidents and diseases on the farm, and health protection through. Promote a culture of healthy eating and movement as a lifestyle.

Under the “My Farm, Safe and Healthy Environment” strategy, the FNC succeeded in influencing producers from various departments, including 800 people from Antioquia, Caldas, Magdalena, Nariño, Quindio, Risaralda and Valle del Cauca who were trained on a virtual course jointly with the Manuel Mejia Foundation.

Likewise, through the Extension Service, which characterizes the National Coffee Growers Association and is internally recognized as the primary vehicle for imparting knowledge and technical assistance to coffee growers, the Federation has been trained in everything related to Occupational Safety and Health (OSH).

“The Federation is working decisively to improve the health and safety of work of Colombian coffee farmers, in an effort and a long-term commitment that contributes to improving their well-being,” said FNC Director General Roberto Velez Vallejo.

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Among the actions to reach all coffee growers, a communication plan has also been structured that includes training pieces such as initiators, verbal homologous radio series and supplementary materials for virtual courses. The next action will be a website, where coffee growers can find all about this topic.