From farm to fork: Mainstreaming biodiversity into food value chains
As of: May 2020
Objective and activities
The aim of the project is to integrate biodiversity issues and ecosystem services into the value chains of bananas and pineapples. Pilot farms with biodiversity-friendly measures are identified and provide input for the improvement of the biodiversity criteria in national and international certifications and procurement guidelines of companies. A biodiversity check and a training program are developed. A Biodiversity Innovation Fund (BIF) supports producers in the testing and implementation of biodiversity-friendly production. A payment system for the construction of bio-corridors in productive landscapes is established and will allow stakeholders in the value chain to invest in the connectivity of important ecosystems. Consumer awareness of biodiversity-friendly produced bananas and pineapples is being stepped up and acceptance of the associated higher consumer prices is encouraged. The experiences are systematically documented and disseminated from national to international level.
State of implementation/results
So far eight plantations and cooperatives of small producers have signed biodiversity action plans with the project. The action plans contain individual measures for each plantation, which help to make banana or pineapple production more biodiversity-friendly. To this end, the project is currently cooperating with almost 20 other plantations in Costa Rica and the Dominican Republic, which have also already initiated the process of a biodiversity check.
- Together with the implementation partner Global Nature Fund, the most important international certificates were analysed in terms of biodiversity criteria. In a series of roundtables in Germany, Costa Rica and the Dominican Republic, the project discussed the results with representatives of standard setters, producers and civil society and developed a series of recommendations on how biodiversity can be even better anchored in production processes in the future.
- In March 2020, the project launched an ideas competition for innovative projects to improve biodiversity in pineapple and banana production. The best proposals will be implemented together with the respective producers, with the costs being shared between the producers and the project.
- With the support of the project, the kick-off meeting of the coordination group for the Green Corridor Azua in the south of the Dominican Republic took place at the end of January 2020. Azua is the province of the Dominican Republic with the most designated protected areas. At the same time, Azua is an important banana growing area. For this reason, the project will support the Green Corridor Azua in identifying and preserving areas of special protection and their ecosystem services. The aim is to identify other players in the value chain so that they can also invest in this supply area. At the same time, the project will work with banana producers in the region to improve their production methods. Two further organic corridors in Costa Rica (Parismina and Ruta los Malecu) have already been selected to identify concrete measures to be supported by the private sector.