Calendar An icon of a desk calendar. Cancel An icon of a circle with a diagonal line across. Caret An icon of a block arrow pointing to the right. Email An icon of a paper envelope. Facebook An icon of the Facebook "f" mark. Google An icon of the Google "G" mark. Linked In An icon of the Linked In "in" mark. Logout An icon representing logout. Profile An icon that resembles human head and shoulders. Telephone An icon of a traditional telephone receiver. Tick An icon of a tick mark. Is Public An icon of a human eye and eyelashes. Is Not Public An icon of a human eye and eyelashes with a diagonal line through it. Pause Icon A two-lined pause icon for stopping interactions. Quote Mark A opening quote mark. Quote Mark A closing quote mark. Arrow An icon of an arrow. Folder An icon of a paper folder. Breaking An icon of an exclamation mark on a circular background. Camera An icon of a digital camera. Caret An icon of a caret arrow. Clock An icon of a clock face. Close An icon of the an X shape. Close Icon An icon used to represent where to interact to collapse or dismiss a component Comment An icon of a speech bubble. Comments An icon of a speech bubble, denoting user comments. Comments An icon of a speech bubble, denoting user comments. Ellipsis An icon of 3 horizontal dots. Envelope An icon of a paper envelope. Facebook An icon of a facebook f logo. Camera An icon of a digital camera. Home An icon of a house. Instagram An icon of the Instagram logo. LinkedIn An icon of the LinkedIn logo. Magnifying Glass An icon of a magnifying glass. Search Icon A magnifying glass icon that is used to represent the function of searching. Menu An icon of 3 horizontal lines. Hamburger Menu Icon An icon used to represent a collapsed menu. Next An icon of an arrow pointing to the right. Notice An explanation mark centred inside a circle. Previous An icon of an arrow pointing to the left. Rating An icon of a star. Tag An icon of a tag. Twitter An icon of the Twitter logo. Video Camera An icon of a video camera shape. Speech Bubble Icon A icon displaying a speech bubble WhatsApp An icon of the WhatsApp logo. Information An icon of an information logo. Plus A mathematical 'plus' symbol. Duration An icon indicating Time. Success Tick An icon of a green tick. Success Tick Timeout An icon of a greyed out success tick. Loading Spinner An icon of a loading spinner. Facebook Messenger An icon of the facebook messenger app logo. Facebook An icon of a facebook f logo. Facebook Messenger An icon of the Twitter app logo. LinkedIn An icon of the LinkedIn logo. WhatsApp Messenger An icon of the Whatsapp messenger app logo. Email An icon of an mail envelope. Copy link A decentered black square over a white square.

Sophie hears how coffee farm is helping former fighters in Colombia

The Duchess of Edinburgh on a visit to the Tropicos Fruits of Hope Coffee Farm in Cali, Colombia (British Embassy in Colombia/PA)
The Duchess of Edinburgh on a visit to the Tropicos Fruits of Hope Coffee Farm in Cali, Colombia (British Embassy in Colombia/PA)

The Duchess of Edinburgh has heard first-hand about how a coffee farm is helping ex-fighters build new lives after Colombia’s historic peace agreement in 2016.

Sophie visited the Tropicos Fruits of Hope Coffee Farm on Wednesday to hear about how it is helping more than 130 former combatants and highlighting the role of women in continuing to build peace.

The government signed a peace deal with the now-demobilised Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (Farc) in 2016, ending the group’s part in almost six decades of conflict.

Duchess of Edinburgh
Sophie (centre) learned how the farm is contributing to the economy (British Embassy in Colombia/PA)

Sophie visited the farm’s seed nurseries and tasted the coffee before heading to the Centre for Research on Tropical Agriculture (CIAT) Seed Bank, which supports sustainable food production.

She was told about CIAT’s work to promote food security through climate adaptation and also about the critical role of women in science.

The conflict in Colombia had a disproportionate effect on women and girls, many of whom are survivors of conflict-related sexual violence.

Sophie heard about their experiences and role within the peace process at a meeting that was held later on Wednesday with survivors and people involved in trying to build peace.