Partnering with GIZ to Further Promote Sustainability in Costa Rica and Guatemala

June 29, 2021
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We have joined forces with the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) to develop a three-year multi-stakeholder partnership with local organizations, government agencies, communities and subsidiaries to maximize the use of natural resources and to ensure the sustainability of landscapes in Costa Rica and in Guatemala.

The partnership aims to continue to restore productive landscapes, boost the economic development of communities that have been impacted by COVID-19, conserve water resources in watersheds, and provide education for the sustainable development in neighboring lands surrounding our banana and pineapple farms in Costa Rica and Guatemala. Currently 25 percent (10,000+ hectares) of our farmland has been set aside for conservation efforts benefitting more than 200 Fresh Del Monte collaborators.

“Our goal is to elevate our sustainable agriculture programs beyond just our operations to create resilient and multifunctional landscapes throughout our entire watersheds,” said Hans Sauter, Chief Sustainability Officer and SVP of Research & Development at Fresh Del Monte. “We view this partnership as a powerful opportunity to enhance the capacity of the communities we live and work in, to build a better, more sustainable environment for future generations. With GIZ’s help we’re taking our techniques and learnings from Costa Rica to Guatemala to continue our mission.”

For more than 30 years, our commitment to Costa Rica’s sustainable development and biodiversity conservation has played an important role in protecting the forests and supporting local communities in their efforts to restore landscapes and promote social and economic development.

“To ensure the sustainability and resilience of the landscapes in the face of climate change, it is necessary to empower stakeholders and secure financial resources to promote the conservation of ecosystems,” said Svenja Paulino, Director of the Biodiversity and Business Program in Central America and the Dominican Republic. “For this reason, it is also important to create awareness in different players – who impact and depend on biodiversity— about the appropriate sustainable development of watersheds and their ecosystem services”.

The development partnership with Fresh Del Monte is part of the programme that German Development Cooperation, GIZ, implements on behalf of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), to support cooperation between the private sector and developmental organizations. GIZ plays an important role by assisting in facilitating relationships with government agencies, and will also provide technical expertise in the implementation of activities related to biodiversity, conservation and sustainability.

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