PADF Welcomes New Trustees at Mid-year Board Meeting

PADF's Board of Trustees held its mid-year meeting yesterday at the headquarters of the Organization of American States (OAS) in Washington, D.C. The meeting was convened by Ambassador Nestor Mendez, Assistant Secretary General of the OAS and Vice Chair of the PADF Board. Amb. Mendez congratulated both staff and trustees on PADF's 55th year of operation as an OAS foundation.

"For many decades, PADF’s efforts to promote integral development, to advance social inclusion, to strengthen civil society, and to aid victims of natural disasters and humanitarian crises have won great praise throughout the hemisphere," said Mendez. "These achievements demonstrate Inter-American solidarity with citizens who wish to play a greater role in improving their societies and enhancing democratic participation."

Mendez also welcomed three new Trustees to PADF: Sandra Guazzotti, Vice President of Oracle Financing for Japan and Asia Pacific; Ambassador Alfonso Quiñonez from the El Progresso Group in Guatemala and a former OAS Assistant Secretary; and Mina Pacheco, Founder & Managing Partner of ALDEA Capital Partners.

He encouraged the trustees and staff to continue to forge innovative partnerships, in order to mobilize resources and respond to the needs of the peoples of the Americas. "PADF is a great OAS success story, especially in the area of encouraging public-private partnerships," said Mendez. 

PADF invested more than $95 million in development and disaster assistance in 2016, reaching nearly 8 million people. The foundation is also on track to meet it's five-year strategic goal of reaching 60 million vulnerable people in the Americas by the end of 2017. For more information, see our 2016 Annual Report, Investing in People: Empowering the Americas.

Climate-smart agriculture program helps Guatemalan farmers resist drought

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Guatemala City, May 4, 2017 - A yearlong food security and disaster risk reduction project in Guatemala ends today with successful results. The "Yo Me Adapto" (I adapt) program, funded by the U.S. Agency for Foreign Disaster Assistance (USAID/OFDA) and implemented by PADF, helped vulnerable communities in the municipalities of Sansare and Sanarate in El Progreso Department. Through training offered to farmers in the region, PADF encouraged the use of new, climate-smart farming techniques. The initiative helped farmers maximize crop yields and mitigate food insecurity in Guatemala in a sustainable way.

PADF worked with farmers affected by the worst drought in Guatemala in decades. By sharing methods to improve crop productivity in affected areas, PADF managed to improve the lives of approximately 9,000 farmers and their families facing severe food insecurity. PADF worked with with the Universidad del Valle de Guatemala (UVG) to expand and strengthen the existing network of Rural Development Learning Centers (CADER), managed by the Guatemalan Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Food (MAGA).

Throughout the project, PADF established 20 new CADERs and strengthened the capacity of an additional 40 centers. An average of 25 families participated in the agricultural activities and training of these spaces. A demonstration farm was established in Sanarate where agricultural techniques and crops in drought-prone areas were analyzed. PADF shared these best practices and technologies with the families that participated in the CADER. Through the "Yo Me Adapto" program, PADF promoted the use of greenhouses, soil conservation techniques, efficient irrigation systems and climate monitoring systems to protect crops against the inclement weather, invasive species, and to achieve better crop production. These techniques were transmitted to more than 1,500 families.

"The best thing we have learned is to produce our own food, for the benefit of our children," says Elsa Maritza Ruano Morales of CADER "Los Aritos" in Sansare. "In this way we prevent diseases caused by a poor diet. In addition, we now have farming methods that are good for the environment, so that we can maintain our crops, prepare for drought and survive. "

During the program, PADF and partners held workshops with 60 CADER members and provided technical assistance for the development of Community Action Plans. Through these plans, farmers were able to identify and understand threats to their food security, as well as strategies to improve food production, support income generation, and mitigate and overcome barriers to food security. To achieve this, PADF provided farmers with the tools necessary to put everything they learned into practice.

The Foundation was able to provide the project beneficiaries with resources to plan and implement their action plans, through donations that included irrigation systems, greenhouses and pumping equipment. Thanks to these efforts, members of both new and existing CADERs had the opportunity to learn how to determine the best crop varieties to plant using the best equipment. They also received bean, corn and vegetable seeds, which will provide them with better food during the dry season.

“Thanks to the training we’ve learned how to diversify our crops and sell them in the local market,” says Melvin Morales, a farmer in the village of San Rafael, Sanarate Department. “Increasing our incomes will give us the chance to withstand the drought, and have food year-round.”

According to the United Nations World Food Program (WFP), Guatemala has the highest rate of chronic malnutrition in Latin America and the Caribbean. 

About PADF
The Pan American Development Foundation, a 501(c) (3) nonprofit organization, brings together many stakeholders to improve livelihoods, empower communities, strengthen civil society, support human rights, protect the environment and respond to natural disasters in Latin America and the Caribbean. Established by the Organization of American States (OAS) in 1962, PADF has worked in every country in the region.

About USAID
This project is made possible by the generous support of the American people through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). The U.S. Agency for International Development administers the U.S. foreign assistance program providing economic and humanitarian assistance in more than 80 countries worldwide.

*The contents are the responsibility of PADF and do not necessarily reflect the views of USAID or the United States Government.

Programa de promoción de técnicas de agricultura climáticamente inteligentes y de ayuda a agricultores de Guatemala a resistir a las fuertes sequías

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Ciudad de Guatemala, 4 de mayo de 2017 – El programa “Yo Me Adapto”, Promoviendo Seguridad Alimentaria y Resiliencia a través de la Reducción del Riesgo de Desastres en la Agricultura, finaliza su periodo de implementación con resultados exitosos. Este programa implementado por la Fundación Panamericana para el Desarrollo (PADF, por sus siglas en inglés) logró ayudar a comunidades vulnerables de los municipios de Sansare y Sanarate en el Departamento El Progreso. A través de capacitaciones ofrecidas a los agricultores de la región, PADF fomentó el uso de nuevas técnicas de agricultura consideradas como climáticamente inteligentes. Con el apoyo de la Oficina de los Estados Unidos de Asistencia para Desastres en el Extranjero de la Agencia de los Estados Unidos para el Desarrollo Internacional (USAID/OFDA), la iniciativa consiguió implementar e incentivar el uso de técnicas agrícolas para maximizar el rendimiento de los cultivos y así mitigar la inseguridad alimentaria en Guatemala de manera sostenible.

PADF trabajó con agricultores afectados por la peor sequía presentada en décadas en Guatemala. Al compartir métodos para mejorar la productividad de los cultivos en las zonas afectadas, PADF logró mejorar la vida de aproximadamente 9,000 agricultores y sus familias que enfrentaban una grave situación de inseguridad alimentaria. En asociación con la Universidad del Valle de Guatemala (UVG), se expandió y se fortaleció la red ya existente de Centros de Aprendizaje de Desarrollo Rural, CADER, gestionados por el Ministerio de Agricultura, Ganadería y Alimentación (MAGA) de Guatemala.

A lo largo del proyecto, PADF estableció 20 nuevos CADER y fortaleció las capacidades productivas de 40 centros adicionales ya existentes. Un promedio de 25 familias participó en las actividades y capacitaciones agrícolas de dichos espacios. Asimismo, se estableció una Finca Demostrativa en Sanarate donde se evaluaron las técnicas y los cultivos agrícolas para determinar su rendimiento) en las zonas propensas a la sequía. A través de la Finca Demostrativa, PADF compartió estas buenas prácticas y tecnologías agrícolas con las familias que participaron en los CADER. A través del programa “Yo Me Adapto”, PADF promovió el uso de casa malla y macro túneles, técnicas de conservación de suelos, sistemas de riego eficientes y sistemas de monitoreo climático en los CADER con el fin de proteger los cultivos contra las inclemencias climatológicas, fauna y flora nociva, y lograr mejorar la producción de cultivos. Estas técnicas se transmitieron a más de 1,500 familias.

Elsa Maritza Ruano Morales, promotora del CADER “Los Aritos” en Sansare, expresó: “De las mejores cosas que hemos aprendido es producir nuestra propia comida, en beneficio de nuestros hijos y de esta forma prevenir enfermedades por tener una mala alimentación. Además, hemos conocido métodos que son buenos tanto para el medio ambiente, como para mantener nuestros cultivos y prepararnos para la sequía y sobrevivir”.

Durante el programa, PADF y sus socios realizaron talleres con miembros de 60 CADER y brindaron asistencia técnica para el desarrollo de Planes de Acción Comunitaria. Con estos planes, los agricultores lograron identificar y entender las amenazas a su seguridad alimentaria, así como establecer estrategias para mejorar la producción de sus alimentos, apoyar la generación de ingresos y mitigar y superar las barreras a la seguridad alimentaria. Para lograr esto, PADF puso a disposición de los agricultores las herramientas adecuadas para poner en práctica todo lo aprendido.

La Fundación consiguió brindarle a los beneficiarios del proyecto los recursos necesarios para planificar y poner en marcha sus planes de acción, a través de donaciones que incluyeron sistemas de riego, macro túneles y equipos de bombeo. Gracias a estos esfuerzos, los miembros tanto de los nuevos CADER como de los existentes, tuvieron la oportunidad de aprender a determinar las mejores variedades de cultivos que se deben sembrar, utilizando un equipo óptimo. Asimismo, se les ha dado semillas de frijol y maíz, además de semillas para hortalizas y pilones, que les proveerán una mejor alimentación durante el tiempo de sequía en estos municipios.

“Con todo lo aprendido y obtenido por parte de la Fundación Panamericana para el Desarrollo, esperamos producir más alimentos, que no solo sean de beneficio para nuestras familias, sino también que podamos ponerlas a disposición del mercado local”, señala Melvin Morales, del CADER San Rafael, Sanarate.

Según el Programa Mundial de Alimentos (PMA) de las Naciones Unidas, Guatemala tiene la tasa más alta de desnutrición crónica en América Latina y el Caribe. Por esta razón, PADF ha sumado todos sus esfuerzos para ayudar a los agricultores locales a estar mejor preparados para el impacto del cambio climático y asegurar una sostenibilidad alimentaria en el país. La respuesta de la comunidad permitió que ellos mismos identificaran los problemas y propusieran las soluciones para superarlos, con la asistencia y el acompañamiento de PADF.

Acerca de PADF
La Fundación Panamericana para el Desarrollo, una organización 501(c)3 sin fines de lucro, reúne a varias partes interesadas en mejorar el sustento, fortalecer las comunidades y la sociedad civil, fomentar el respeto por los derechos humanos, proteger el medio ambiente y responder ante los desastres de origen natural en América Latina y el Caribe. Establecida por la Organización de los Estados Americanos en 1962, PADF ha trabajado en cada país de la región. En 2016, acciones de PADF lograron alcanzar a 8 millones de personas al invertir $95 millones de dólares estadounidenses en recursos para el desarrollo en 18 países de América Latina y el Caribe. Para más información, consultar nuestra página web: www.padf.org

Acerca de USAID
USAID es la agencia del gobierno de Estados Unidos que trabaja para acabar con la pobreza extrema a nivel mundial y ayudar a las sociedades democráticas y resilientes a alcanzar su potencial. Este producto de información es posible gracias al generoso apoyo del pueblo estadounidense a través de la Agencia de los Estados Unidos para el Desarrollo Internacional (USAID). La Agencia de los Estados Unidos para el Desarrollo Internacional (USAID) administra el programa de asistencia extranjera de EE.UU., prestando asistencia económica y humanitaria en más de 80 países en todo el mundo.

El contenido es responsabilidad de PADF y no refleja necesariamente el punto de vista de USAID o del gobierno de los Estados Unidos.

OFDA and PADF Launch Disaster Risk Reduction Project in Haiti

Port-au-Prince, Haiti — With funding from the USAID Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance (OFDA), PADF and partners launched a three-year program to help Haiti's urban residents become more resilient to disasters.

Called, UPGRADE (Urban Planning to Generate Resilience against Disaster Events), the project will focus on informal, densely-populated, impoverished urban areas in Ouanaminthe (Northeast) and Port-au-Prince (West). These neighborhoods have limited access to basic health, water and sanitation services. Many dwellings are made from substandard materials unable to withstand severe weather and seismic events. When disaster does strike, the lack of adequate roads, pedestrian pathways and community infrastructure inhibits evacuation and the delivery of humanitarian aid.

Working with the Centre d'Etude et de Coopération Internationale (CECI), PADF will use existing urban development plans and hazard risk analyses to:

  • Ensure urban residents have safe acccess to shelter in times of emergency
  • Improve health conditions and reduce the spread of disease associated with substandard living conditions
  • Increase awareness in risk management policy and practice
  • Reduce the risk of natural disasters

Haiti is ranked as one the most vulnerable countries to tropical storms in the Caribbean, with more than 95 percent of the population living at risk.

 

 

 

ONG brasileira recebe apoio do fundo de conservação da Disney para proteger Papagaio-de-cara-roxa

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Realizado desde 1998, projeto contribuiu para que a espécie saísse da categoria “vulnerável” na Lista de Espécies da Fauna Brasileira Ameaçadas de Extinção

A Sociedade de Pesquisa em Vida Selvagem e Educação Ambiental (SPVS) foi selecionada no edital do Disney Conservation Fund (DCF), que apoia projetos de conservação da natureza. O incentivo reconhece o esforço do Projeto de Conservação do Papagaio-de-cara-roxa, iniciativa da SPVS com parceria da Fundação Pan-Americana de Desenvolvimento (PADF) para preservar a população da espécie.

O Papagaio-de-cara-roxa existe apenas no Brasil, numa estreita faixa do Bioma Mata Atlântica do litoral do Paraná ao litoral sul de São Paulo. O projeto começou em 1998 e, em 2014, a espécie saiu da categoria “vulnerável” na Lista de Espécies da Fauna Brasileira Ameaçadas de Extinção, organizada pelo Ministério do Meio Ambiente. Hoje, o Papagaio-de-cara-roxa é considerado “quase ameaçado”.

Para a bióloga Elenise Sipinski, coordenadora do projeto, o apoio de uma Fundação com influência global e identificada com os jovens é importante para aproximar a sociedade da proteção do Bioma Mata Atlântica. “O papagaio-de-cara roxa é uma espécie que depende de um ambiente bem conservado e da eliminação da sua principal ameaça, a retirada de filhotes da natureza”. Esse projeto vem sendo uma oportunidade de estimular os jovens do litoral sul de São Paulo a realizarem ações de conservação da região do lagamar e de proteção do papagaio-de-cara-roxa, explica a pesquisadora.

Segundo Luisa Villegas, subdiretora sênior de programas da PADF, “com o apoio da Disney, nossos parceiros no Brasil são capazes de garantir a sobrevivência da espécie, ao mesmo tempo em que trabalham com ações de educação para a população”. “A PADF tem o prazer de continuar e expandir o nosso trabalho no Brasil através desta importante parceria com a SPVS”, realçou.

Desde 1998, o projeto atua no litoral do Paraná monitorando sítios reprodutivos e realizando ações de educação para conservação. A partir de 2013 ampliou suas ações, realiza anualmente o censo do papagaio-de-cara-roxa em toda área de ocorrência, bem como o monitoramento de ninhos no período reprodutivo. O projeto organiza ainda atividades de educação para conservação com jovens e cursos de formação para professores da rede pública de ensino das cidades próximas às áreas naturais. Os pesquisadores também levam para a região ações culturais, como exposições de arte sobre a Mata Atlântica e um livro infantil sobre a história do Papagaio-de-cara-roxa. Segundo Elenise Sipinski, essas são as atividades que devem receber o maior investimento, porque ajudam a combater a retirada das aves para o comércio ilegal e a destruição das florestas, os maiores riscos à espécie. Para a realização dessas atividades, o projeto conta com o apoio da Fundação Grupo Boticário de Proteção à Natureza e Fundação Loro Parque.

O Disney Conservation Fund é um fundo privado com o objetivo de reverter o desaparecimento de espécies da fauna e incentivar o contato de crianças com a natureza. Desde sua concepção, em 1995, o DCF já distribuiu aproximadamente 65 milhões de dólares para apoiar programas de conservação em 115 países. Os Projetos foram selecionados para os prêmios baseado em seu esforço em estudar a vida selvagem, proteger habitats, desenvolver a conservação nas comunidades e realizar programas educacionais em ecossistemas ameaçados.

Para mais informações sobre o Disney Conservation Fund acesse: www.disney.com/conservation.

PADF Receives Disney Conservation Grant to Protect Brazilian Parrot

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Washington, D.C. (April 22, 2017) — The Pan American Development Foundation (PADF) has been awarded a grant from the Disney Conservation Fund (DCF) to support the Wildlife Research and Environmental Education (SPVS), a leading Brazilian environmental conservation organization, to protect the Red-Tailed Amazon Parrot, a threatened species in Brazil. This grant is part of the Fund’s focus on reversing the decline of threatened wildlife around the world.

The red-tailed Amazon parrot lives in the largest remaining area of the Atlantic Forest, listed among the five most important areas for the conservation of biodiversity on the planet.

“Protecting species is vital to maintaining biodiversity,” says Luisa Villegas, Deputy Senior Programs Director at PADF. “With support from Disney, our partners on the ground in Brazil are able to ensure the Red-Tailed Amazon Parrot population is healthy, while also working to educate the public.”

SPVS will conduct a census to determine the health of the parrot population on the southern coast of São Paulo state. This includes monitoring nesting sites and compiling data on the illegal trade of parrots, which is a major problem in the region. The project will train local forest rangers about threats to the parrot’s habitat. Rangers will pass these lessons on to visitors of the Atlantic Forest through interpretive programs. 

In addition, SPVS will raise awareness in local communities about the importance of preserving the species and its habitat through events and interactive presentations for students. Educational programs will target schools in the municipality of Ilha Comprida, São Paulo, an area with a large concentration of parrot breeding sites.

“We are trying to eliminate the threat of extinction,” says Elenise Sipinski, project coordinator at SPVS and lead researcher on the project. “That means monitoring parrot nests and roosting sites. But it also means going to schools and teaching children about the important role that each species plays in a fragile ecosystem. We’re trying to create a new generation of conservationists.”

The Disney Conservation Fund focuses on reversing the decline of wildlife and increasing the time kids spend in nature. Since its inception in 1995, DCF has provided approximately $65 million to support conservation programs in 115 countries. Projects were selected to receive awards based on their efforts to study wildlife, protect habitats and develop community conservation and education programs in critical ecosystems around the world.

For information on Disney’s commitment to conserve nature and a complete list of grant recipients, visit www.disney.com/conservation.

Boeing Grant Supports STEM Academies in Chile

Valparaíso, Chile (April 17, 2017) — With a grant from The Boeing Company, the Pan American Development Foundation (PADF) is working with a nonprofit in Chile to improve science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) training for teachers and students.

Implemented by Chilean nonprofit Fundación Ciencia Joven, the project will establish 20 STEM Academies at schools in the coastal city of Valparaíso. Each academy leads students in a 10-month afterschool STEM program. At the end of the term, students from each Academy will showcase what they’ve learned at a regional or national science fair. Teachers are also provided with extensive training and support to improve their leadership skills and capacity to teach STEM subjects.

“Boeing is committed to empowering the next generation of thought leaders and we’re happy to support this initiative with PADF,” says Donna Hrinak, President of Boeing Latin America. “The STEM Academies in Chile reflect the spirit of innovation that drives our company. It’s a joy to see kids—especially girls—excited about science and math.”

While school enrollment rates in the region have improved in recent years, Latin American students continue to rank in the bottom third worldwide in math, reading and science, according to the latest Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) survey. PADF and partners identified a need for improved STEM resources in Valparaíso, where less than half of residents complete high school. Students in the city score 20 percent lower than the national average in science and math. Many teachers lack the skills needed to teach science and math, leading to lower student achievement.

The STEM Academies are working to address the need for improved training and equal access to resources. Any child who expresses interest in will be able to participate in the academy. The 10-month program will reach nearly 400 students and teachers.

“Our hope is that students will come away from this program with a passion for learning,” says Kathleen Barclay, PADF Treasurer and Principal at Asesorías KCB. “This project with Boeing is a great example of PADF’s mission to provide opportunities to underserved communities in Latin America and the Caribbean.”

The STEM Academies financed by Boeing are part of PADF’s regional public-private initiative called STEM in the Americas, which is working in Latin America and the Caribbean to inspiring the next generation of science and technology students. In addition to Chile, PADF has active STEM projects in Brazil, Mexico and Argentina.

For more information, visit www.padf.org/STEM.