PRIME FOODS is a company that is committed to the social development of the region, which provides a positive impact through the supply chain with the environment and local communities, including the indigenous ones in the region.
The company works in conjunction with the Prodesic Foundation to supply a technological package to each grower in order to improve good agricultural practices in the fields and the quality of the final product. Our fair trade model allows our growers to program their crops and to obtain a sustainable income that allows them to grow with the project.
We ensure that our products focus on the responsibility of the supply chain; our team does a monthly follow up to each farmer and applies a traceability system that we have in place to ensure the food safety of our products.
The social corporate responsibility is of sum importance to Prime Foods and relates to the following activities:
September 2018 – To strengthen the supply chain of the Quinoa crop by including more local farmers who can positively benefit from the project, and thus positively impacting the region economically, socially and environmentally. The goal is to have 1,200 small growers join the project by end of 2018.
August 2019 – To implement technological software that will improve our current traceability system from the fields to the production plant and from the production plant to the final customer. This software will assign an I.D. code to each farmer and will allow the tracing of quality, production, observations and family situation matters at the farms in real time
August 2019 – To achieve the involvement of international customers/partners interested in supporting the Fair Trade Certification which directly benefits the farming community of the region.
August 2019 - To achieve the organic certification for 100 farmers previously selected in the Cauca region. Eventually, the idea is to replicate the model to other farmers in the area.
The impact on the local communities is of sum importance to Prime Foods. In every project the company seeks to generate employment for the region’s local farming community.
In conjunction with the Prodesic Foundation in the Cauca region we have provided technical assistance on growing the Quinoa crop to more than 850 farmers of 12 Municipalities. The team has taught sustainable agricultural practices centered on avoiding forbidden fertilizers and damaging chemicals with the goal of attaining organic certification in the near future.
We have achieved that the Quinoa crop every year has been substituting the coca and poppy crops in the region. This offers an alternative opportunity with positive expectations for the production community and supports the current peace process in Colombia.