Colombia in Peace: Graduating Colombians from Subsistence Farming to Economic Sustainability, Environmental Protection, and Community Resilience [2.12.20]

Guest: Juan Pablo Gomez, President, Colombia in Peace

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Program Summary:

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Our featured guests are:

  • Show ‘1’: Juan Pablo Gomez, President, Colombia in Peace, (In-Studio), Theme: “Why Colombia In Peace?”
  • Show ‘2’: Juan Pablo Gomez, CEO, Colfarmer, (In-Studio), Theme: “Colombian Farmers, No More Promises, Give Them Opportunities”
  • Show ‘3’: Juan Pablo Gomez, CEO, Colfarmer, (In-Studio), Theme: “Panela: Ancient Cane as a Sweet 21st Century Superfood!”
  • Show ‘4’: Juan Pablo Gomez, President, Colombia in Peace, (In-Studio), Theme: “Creation of a New Society, In Peace”

Program Overview:

Colombia in Peace is comprised by a team of consultants and researchers interested in the development of Colombia who are designing a model of social and economic integration. We believe this great country has an important agricultural future which requires coordinated efforts, from different disciplines and sciences, to add value to its processes. This program seeks to cover several work fronts, from the gradual formalization and industrialization of the productive processes of the farmer – so that they have important income from viable and sustainable economic activities- to the training in leadership, human relations and social integration, for the insertion of their communities in the scope and benefits of 21st century technologies.

We understand that social conflicts have their origin in the inequality of opportunities for the inhabitants of the country. This in conjunction with the deep and marked differences between the countryside and the city, generate complex conflicts that undermine the confidence and security of the community. Therefore, the intentions of Colombia in Peace are focused on integrating leaders from different national and international sectors. This, to consolidate efforts in the development of specific agro-industrial projects without any intention or political interference. On the contrary, the desire to serve unselfishly a nation that, like Colombia, deserves a new opportunity in history.

“COLFARMER” (Colombian Farmers) is the commercial arm of an important initiative established through the ”Colombia in Peace” Foundation ( A non-profit that was created to promote and carry out programs focused on identifying natural origin food productions in Colombia. That will lead us to support the improvement of the production process and the trade for small farmers behind them, so they could be eligible to participate and receive programs’ for supporting them.

Pursuing that these farmers can make a living away from illicit crops, so they can support their families by achieving and maintaining economic well-being, and having a better future instead of choosing to go back to live in a country at War. As a result, through the first 4 years of this endeavor, we have managed to impact 400 families by training them in new production practices of Panela made from Ancient Cane that meet international quality standards, that help them achieve increases on their incomes from US$600 – US$700/year to US$300/month.

Panela has been essential to the diet of the Colombian people for the past five centuries because it is delicious and a good source of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and carbohydrates. It id a natural product free of additives and artificial ingredients which makes it the healthiest raw and organic sweetener derived from Ancient Cane. The Ancient Cane juice is extracted from the plant, filtered by hand, and boiled until it is dehydrated. This artisanal process allows the Panela to retain all the nutrients present in the Ancient Cane. Panela can be considered a Superfood since it is a wholefood with an outstanding nutritional value unlike other sweeteners that have nothing but empty calories.

Thank You Production Crew and Program Team for your commitment, dedication, and goodwill as we continue to expand our “best practices” solutions identification and reporting in our second decade. We would like to acknowledge that equipment and facilities are provided by Fairfax Public Access, Fairfax, Virginia. We thank our many viewers, supporters, and the general public for weekly feedback, ideas, and suggestions as together we create The EmeraldPlanet….Dr. Sam Hancock, Creator & Host, The EmeraldPlanet TV