Agriculture

Clinton Giustra Enterprise Partnership, Club Med, and the Pan American Development Foundation Launch Local Sourcing Assessment in the Dominican Republic.

Commitment announced at Clinton Global Initiative Action Network meeting in St. Thomas will evaluate feasibility to increase local sourcing and improve farmer incomes.

St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands (June 4, 2019) - At a meeting of the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) Action Network on Post-Disaster Recovery hosted by President Bill Clinton and Secretary Hillary Clinton, the Clinton Giustra Enterprise Partnership (CGEP) announced a commitment to launch an assessment in the Dominican Republic that would evaluate feasibility to increase sourcing from local farmers, connecting new customers and improving incomes for farmers in the region. Club Med and the Pan American Development Foundation (PADF) have committed as partners for this project.

The commitment aims to provide a boost to the Dominican Republic’s agricultural sector. Smallholder farmers account for 73% of the farmers in the Dominican Republic. These smallholder farmers face threats from natural disasters, low productivity, little to no information about, or proximity to, end-markets that pay fair prices for their products. As a result, the Dominican Republic is a net importer of food.

This assessment will chart agricultural capacity across the island, identifying both potential crops that could be sourced and companies including Club Med that can serve as buyers for these products. Following research and feasibility analysis, CGEP will work to establish a social business that will purchase these crops and source them to buyers – creating new demand and higher income for smallholder farmers on the island. This builds on Club Med’s commitment to environmentally sustainable local sourcing solutions and PADF’s work of empowering communities in Latin America and the Caribbean to achieve sustainable economic and social progress.

CGEP, an initiative of the Clinton Foundation, brings twelve years of building social businesses, including building end-to-end value chains supporting smallholder farmers in the agricultural sector. “Our social businesses have had significant positive impacts on the lives of farmers in El Salvador, Colombia, and Haiti,” said Frank Giustra, co-founder of CGEP. “I am excited to see our proven model being assessed for other regions, like the Dominican Republic, where I hope we can replicate our approach and help bridge the gap between farmers and buyers.”

“Ever since 1950, Club Med has been committed to pioneering new destinations and encouraging sustainable tourism. Over the years, we have continuously evolved our product based on our guests’ preferences, and what we have found is that travelers, now more than ever, are seeking truly immersive retreats. They seek to experience the local culture and especially its gastronomy,” shared Xavier Mufraggi, CEO of Club Med North America and the Caribbean. “With this program, our goal is to support the development of the local farming community, so they are able to act as a sustainable resource for the future of tourism to the Miches region of the Dominican Republic. We look forward to partnering with the local farmers so they can provide the necessary food resources for our newest resort, Club Med Michès Playa Esmeralda, opening this December, and ultimately share the unique food and beverage offering of the region with guests from all over the world.”

“Sourcing food locally provides extensive benefits to our health, our economy, and our environment,” said Katie Taylor, Executive Director of the Pan American Development Foundation. “This type of partnership has the potential to fuel inclusive economic growth in the Dominican Republic and throughout Latin America and the Caribbean. We are excited to collaborate with CGEP and Club Med to help local farmers become an integral part of the Dominican Republic’s tourism sector.”

The assessment and potential agribusiness will build on CGEP’s expertise in building social businesses that sustainably impact smallholder farmers and fishers around the world, including in Haiti, El Salvador, and Colombia. In El Salvador, for example, purchasing by partner buyers from local farmers, through CGEP’s social business Acceso El Salvador has increased by over $19 million since its launch in 2014. CGEP builds social agribusinesses to generate social impact and financial returns by addressing market gaps in developing countries’ supply chains. Through this model, CGEP seeks to help farmers work themselves out of poverty through quality, long-term market linkages. CGEP also launched a similar assessment in Puerto Rico in April with partners Marriott, Walmart, Avendra, and World Central Kitchen.

The commitment was announced Tuesday, June 4 at the CGI Action Network on Post-Disaster Recovery, which brings together leaders from government, business, and civil society to make commitments to help communities impacted by the 2017 hurricane season. At the meeting, participants discussed the current recovery efforts in the region, progress to date, ongoing challenges, and made Commitments to Action – specific and measurable projects that address critical issues such as food security, access to healthcare, small business support, sustainable tourism, and renewable energy.

About the Clinton Giustra Enterprise Partnership

The Clinton Giustra Enterprise Partnership (CGEP) is a social business builder that brings entrepreneurial solutions to global poverty – building from scratch, investing start-up capital, and managing agribusinesses that work with smallholder farmers and fishers. CGEP’s agribusinesses provide sustainably-sourced, high-quality local products that meet buyers’ demand at competitive prices and help improve the livelihoods of farmers and farming communities by improving agricultural productivity, creating job opportunities, and facilitating long-term linkages to high-value markets.

About Club Med

Club Med, founded in 1950, is the pioneer of the all-inclusive concept, offering approximately 70 premium resorts in stunning locations around the world including North and South America, Caribbean, Asia, Africa, Europe, and the Mediterranean. Each Club Med resort features authentic local style and comfortably upscale accommodations, superior sports programming and activities, enriching children's programs, gourmet dining, and warm and friendly service by its world-renown staff with legendary hospitality skills, an all-encompassing energy, and diverse backgrounds.

Club Med operates in more than 30 countries and continues to maintain its authentic Club Med spirit with an international staff of more than 23,000 employees from more than 110 different nationalities. Led by its pioneering spirit, Club Med continues to grow and adapt to each market with three to five new resort openings per year, including a new Alpine ski resort annually.

For more information, visit www.clubmed.us

About the Pan American Development Foundation

The Pan American Development Foundation (PADF) seeks to create a just, peaceful, and prosperous hemisphere where every person has the opportunity to thrive. PADF is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization established by the Organization of American States (OAS) in 1962. We partner with and enable civil society, governments, and the private sector for the greater good of the region. Our work spans agro-forestation, urban and peri-urban agriculture, and climate smart agriculture in countries such as Colombia, Guatemala, and Haiti.

Alianza entre la Fundación Panamericana para el Desarrollo (PADF) y el IICA favorecerá a poblaciones vulnerables de las Américas

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San José, 29 de marzo, 2019 (IICA). La Fundación Panamericana para el Desarrollo (PADF por sus siglas en inglés) y el Instituto Interamericano de Cooperación para la Agricultura (IICA) potenciarán el desarrollo rural y agrícola en América Latina y el Caribe (ALC) a través de la generación de acciones conjuntas en beneficio de poblaciones vulnerables como migrantes, mujeres y jóvenes rurales, afrodescendientes y pueblos originarios.

Así lo definieron una delegación de la PADF encabezada por su Directora Ejecutiva, Katie Taylor, y autoridades del IICA lideradas por su Director General, Manuel Otero, tras explorar áreas comunes de trabajo durante una reunión en la Sede Central del organismo especializado en agricultura, ubicada en Costa Rica. 

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El objetivo de la alianza entre la PADF y el IICA es promover la inclusión, el empoderamiento y la innovación entre poblaciones vulnerables. Algunas de las áreas concretas de actuación será el Corredor Seco Centroamericano, Colombia y Haití.

La PADF es el brazo humanitario de la Organización de Estados Americanos (OEA). Establecida en 1962 por medio de un acuerdo especial por la OEA, PADF fomenta el progreso social, fortalece a las comunidades vulnerables, responde a los desastres de origen natural y las crisis humanitarias y promueve los derechos humanos y la democracia.

El desarrollo de un programa de educación STEM (término utilizado para abordar temas relacionados con ciencia, tecnología, ingenierías y matemáticas) enfocado en agricultura para atraer y formar a los jóvenes, y el apoyo a proyectos que las dos instituciones ejecutan en Colombia, Haití y en la región del Trifinio serán parte de las primeras iniciativas que se podrán en marcha. En la región del Trifinio, fronteriza entre Guatemala, Honduras y El Salvador, viven unas 750.000 personas.

“Ambas instituciones buscamos ayudar a las poblaciones rurales y agrícolas con innovación, tecnología y herramientas de desarrollo sostenible. Pretendemos ampliar nuestras redes de contacto, ir más allá de la agricultura tradicional, aunar toda una biodiversidad, biecología y bioeconomía de las regiones, centrarnos en los jóvenes que son el futuro y tener un enfoque de género. América Latina y el Caribe tiene 250 millones de personas que viven en condiciones de pobreza, de exclusión y de vulnerabilidad, y estamos aquí para apoyarlas”, afirmó Taylor.

Durante el encuentro, además, las dos organizaciones acordaron la captación conjunta de recursos que permitan la implementación de nuevos proyectos en beneficio de los países en el hemisferio.

La PADF, además, expresó su interés por contribuir en una iniciativa que la Unión Europea y el IICA desarrollarán en el Corredor Seco Centroamericano para mejorar la productividad y garantizar la seguridad alimentaria de pequeños productores de granos básicos.

“El IICA, desde que asumí la dirección general, ha estado desarrollando una política muy agresiva de alianzas estrategias y ésta, con la Fundación Panamericana para el Desarrollo, se enmarca entre ellas por el concepto moderno con el que trabajan para favorecer a las poblaciones más vulnerables de nuestra América. Hay convergencia de las agendas y debemos ir construyendo paso a paso la agricultura que queremos en medio de esta revolución tecnológica”, destacó por su parte Otero.

En materia agrícola la PADF trabaja en temas como la agroforestación, agricultura urbana y periurbana, y agricultura climáticamente inteligente, siempre priorizando la dimensión humana, mientras que el IICA en su hoja de ruta de cooperación técnica se enfoca en cinco áreas estratégicas: bioceconomía y desarrollo productivo, desarrollo territorial y agricultura familiar, comercio e integración, cambio climático, recursos naturales y gestión de riesgos, y sanidad agropecuaria e inocuidad de los alimentos. Estas áreas tienen como ejes transversales los temas de Género y juventud e Innovación y tecnología.

“Somos articuladores de soluciones, socios naturales, tenemos el mismo afán de transformar vidas mediante la inclusión, el empoderamiento de las poblaciones de la región, el fortalecimiento de capacidades, trabajando duro y disfrutando lo que hacemos para cambiar el mundo”, añadió Taylor.

En sus reuniones de trabajo en el IICA, Taylor estuvo acompañada de Camila Payan, Directora Regional para México y América Central de la PADF, y por Gloria Acosta, Directora de Desarrollo Socioeconómico y Fortalecimiento Institucional de la misma fundación. 

Sobre el IICA

Es el organismo internacional especializado en agricultura del Sistema Interamericano, cuya misión es estimular, promover y apoyar los esfuerzos de sus 34 Estados Miembros para lograr el desarrollo agrícola y el bienestar rural por medio de la cooperación técnica internacional de excelencia.

Partnership between PADF and IICA to benefit vulnerable communities in the Americas

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San José, 29 March 2019 (IICA). The Pan American Foundation for Development (PADF) and the Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA) will boost rural and agricultural development in Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) by implementing joint actions to benefit vulnerable communities, such as migrants, women and young people from rural areas, people of African descent, and indigenous people.

The decision was the outcome of a meeting at the Headquarters of the specialized agricultural agency in Costa Rica, where a delegation from PADF—headed by Executive Director, Katie Taylor—met with authorities from the Institute, headed by Director General, Manuel Otero, to explore shared areas of focus.

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The PADF-IICA partnership will promote inclusion, empowerment and innovation for vulnerable communities. The specific areas for action will include the Central American Dry Corridor, Colombia and Haiti.

PADF is the humanitarian arm of the Organization of American States (OEA). Established in 1962 through a special OAS agreement, the Foundation promotes social progress, strengthens vulnerable communities, responds to natural disasters and humanitarian crises, and champions human rights and democracy.

Some of the first initiatives to be introduced will involve the development of an agriculture-specific STEM program (STEM refers to the teaching of science-, technology-, engineering- and mathematics-related subjects), to attract and train young people, and support for projects that both institutions are carrying out in Colombia, Haiti and the Trifinio region. Approximately 750,000 people live in the Trifinio region - the tri-border area between Guatemala, Honduras and el Salvador.

Taylor remarked that, “Both of our institutions are attempting to assist rural and agricultural communities through the use of innovation, technology, and sustainable development tools. Our aim is to expand our network of contacts; to move away from traditional agriculture; and to tap into the biodiversity, bioecology, and the bioeconomy of the regions, focusing on young people—who represent the future—and on incorporating a gender focus. The Latin American and Caribbean region is home to 250 million people living in conditions of poverty, exclusion and vulnerability, and we are here to help them”.

During the meeting, both organizations also agreed to work together to obtaining funding to implement new projects for the benefit of the countries in the hemisphere.

PADF also expressed an interest in contributing to the European Union-IICA initiative in the Central American Dry Corridor, which is seeking to improve productivity and guarantee food security for small-scale producers of basic cereals.

Otero, on the other hand, stressed the fact that, “Since I assumed the leadership of IICA’s General Directorate, the Institute has pursued a very aggressive policy to forge strategic partnerships, and this partnership with the Pan-American Development Foundation is one noteworthy example, given the modern approach that you are taking to assist vulnerable communities in the American region. We have overlapping agendas and must gradually build the agriculture sector that we hope for, in the context of this technological revolution”.

In the area of agriculture, PADF is working on issues such as agroforestation, urban and peri-urban agriculture, and climate smart agriculture, always prioritizing the human dimension; whereas IICA’s technical cooperation roadmap focusses on five strategic areas: bioeconomy and production development; territorial development and family farming; trade and integration; climate change; natural resources and risk management; and agricultural health and food safety. Gender and youth and Innovation and technology are two cross-cutting issues that are also components of this strategy.

Taylor observed that, “We are problem solvers and natural partners, who share the same enthusiasm to transform lives through inclusion, the empowerment of people in the region, and capacity building - working hard and enjoying what we do to change the world”.

During her visit to IICA, Taylor was accompanied by PADF’s Regional Director for Mexico and Central America, Camila Payan, and by the Foundation’s Director of Socioeconomic Development and Institutional Strengthening, Gloria Acosta. 

IICA is the specialized agency for agriculture in the Inter-American system, with a mission to encourage, promote and support its 34 Member States in their efforts to achieve agricultural development and rural well-being through international technical cooperation of excellence.