Mainstreaming biodiversity into food value chains
As of: May 2021
Tropical fruits are rarely produced sustainably and ecologically along their entire value chain. The project supports the integration of biodiversity aspects and ecosystem services into the value chains of bananas and pineapples. To this end, pilot farms will be identified that will use practical examples to illustrate how biodiversity criteria can be integrated into corporate certification and procurement guidelines. The project is also developing a biodiversity check and a training programme for companies. In addition, a biodiversity innovation fund supports producers in testing more biodiversity-friendly measures. The acceptance of higher consumer prices for bananas and pineapples produced in a biodiversity-oriented manner is also being promoted. The experiences are systematically processed and disseminated at national, regional and international levels.
State of implementation/results
- 42 plantations and cooperatives of small producers have applied the Biodiversity Check Agricola (BCA) or are in the process of applying it, 14 of them have gone through all steps of the BCA and are implementing first measures from the resulting action plans. The action plans contain individual measures for each plantation to make banana or pineapple production more biodiversity-friendly. A digital app for monitoring the action plans ("BPApp") has been commissioned and will be operational by the end of the year.
- A website (www.delcampoalplato.com) with information on the project activities and publications went online in May 2020.
- With the implementation partner Global Nature Fund, the most important international standards were analysed for biodiversity criteria. The results and recommendations for adaptation were published in a publication that is available on the project website.
- With the support of the project, the packaging plant of the partner company Nicofrutta was certified by the certification organisation KIWA BCS according to the COVID-19 Preventive Protocol Agroprevent COVID-19. Nicofrutta is the first company in Latin America to receive this certification to protect consumer safety in times of pandemic.
- To continue the institutional anchoring of the BCA during the pandemic, a virtual training programme was developed and implemented. A total of 358 participants from 66 organisations have already taken part in the BCA training courses for agricultural advisors offered by the project and in webinars on such topics as productive landscapes and the use of drones for precision farming.
- The now four idea competitions (two per country) for innovative projects to improve biodiversity in the production of pineapples and bananas have met with great interest. The best proposals are implemented together with the respective producers, sharing the costs. For the first two idea competitions, 13 proposals were received from the Dominican Republic and 26 from Costa Rica, from which six and eight proposals respectively were selected.