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Corporatión Agricola Viñasol S.A. (AVSA)
More than half of rural Peruvians live in poverty, and a majority of them rely on subsistence agriculture.
Corporación Agrícola Viñasol S.A.C. (CAVSAC) is an agricultural company created in 2001 as a commercial arm of the Instituto Rural Valle Grande (IRVG), a Peruvian NGO which works to improve livelihoods of the small farmers in Valle de Cañete through advancing their production techniques. CAVSAC sells various crops such as snow peas, sweet potato, asparagus, carrots, and apples, which it buys from small scale farmers.
CAVSAC's Partnership with GBF
In 2009, CAVSAC began producing and exporting fresh asparagus. Since the product is highly perishable, it is necessary for it to undergo a hydro-cooling process before shipment to ensure asparagus stays fresh and endures longer transportation times. GBF's investment will finance the completion of the cold chamber, the acquisition of the processing equipment, as well as 2 vehicles: to collect products in the field, and to transport products to port. GBF is also providing business advisory services to support the Supplier Development Program (SDP) to train farmers in asparagus production and to incorporate them in the CAVSAC value chain.
CAVSAC generates important economic benefits to three main beneficiary groups: farmers, field workers, and factory workers. Through its work with asparagus farmers and processors, CAVSAC will support sustainable livelihoods for hundreds of people at the base of the economic pyramid.