Mainstreaming biodiversity into food value chains

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.

Project data

Costa Rica, Dominican Republic
IKI funding
6,250,000.00 €
11/2018 till 10/2023
Implementing organisation
Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH
Political Partner
  • Ministry of Agriculture - Dominican Republic
  • Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock - Costa Rica
  • Ministry of Environment and Energy (MINAE) - Costa Rica
  • Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources - Dominican Republic
Implementing Partner
  • Asociación de Productores de Pina de Cevicos (APROPIC)
  • Asociación Dominicana de Productores de Banano (ADOBANANO)
  • Biodiversity Partnership Mesoamerica (BPM)
  • Cámara Nacional de Productores y Exportadores de Pina
  • Collaborating Centre for Sustainable Consumption and Production
  • Corporación Bananera Nacional (CORBANA)
  • Foundation for the Development of the Central Volcanic Range (FUNDECOR)
  • Global Nature Fund (GNF)
  • ISEAL Alliance
  • Latin American and Caribbean Network of Fair Trade Small Producers and Workers (CLAC)
  • Ministry of Agriculture - Dominican Republic
  • Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock - Costa Rica
  • Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources - Dominican Republic
  • National System of Conservation Areas (SINAC) - Costa Rica

State of implementation/results

  • 139 producers in both implementing countries are implementing biodiversity action plans, 27 others are reviewing the biodiversity management on their plantations using the Biodiversity Check Agrícola and will soon define their action plans as well. In total, the project reaches producers with a total area of 46,834 hectares. A digital biodiversity performance app for monitoring the action plans ("BPApp") is being used by the producers and facilitates the documentation of progress (further information:…).
  • In Costa Rica, the project is working with the Sistema Nacional de Areas de Conservación (SINAC) to develop a state award (Insignia) for farms with particularly biodiversity-friendly production. The prerequisite is the successful implementation of an action plan based on the Biodiversity Check Agrícola (BCA). Following an exchange on this experience, the Ministry of the Environment, Ministerio de Medio Ambiente y Recursos Naturales (MiMARENA) in the Dominican Republic has now also shown interest in introducing such a seal.
  • Consumer awareness campaigns on biodiversity issues in the cultivation of bananas and pineapples are being carried out with the supermarket chains "Automercado" in Costa Rica and "Nacional" in the Dominican Republic. Automercado has built its own campaign landing page with the project:… Both supermarkets require the supplier companies of these fruits to implement action plans based on the Biodiversity Check Agricola.
  • The project works with all market sustainability standards to improve biodiversity conservation in the cultivation of tropical fruits and specifically bananas and pineapples. There are cooperations with Rainforest Alliance, Fairtrade and Global G.A.P. in consumer sensitization or in the application of tools developed in the project. Together with Lidl, the project's implementation partner Global Nature Fund developed the first biodiversity-focused standard for conventional fruit and vegetable cultivation. It exists as a separate module in the standard system of Global G.A.P. and is currently being applied for the first time for tropical fruits on a pilot basis in pineapple cultivation in Costa Rica.
  • The Action Alliance for Sustainable Bananas (ABNB) and the project organized a joint expert event on the topic of biodiversity and climate protection for a banana cultivation of the future (…) at the Fruit Logistica trade fair on 08.04.2022.
  • At the Forum Nachhaltigkeit during the Biofach trade fair in July 27, 2022, representatives of the project gave a presentation on "Sustainable sourcing of agricultural products: Why biodiversity must be a key task in the food sector" and, together with the biodynamic farmers' association Demeter, shed light on how biodiversity-friendly supply chains for bananas and pineapples can succeed (…).-- Action plans for biodiversity protection at landscape level now exist for two biocorridors in Costa Rica and one in the Dominican Republic. Modules ranging from EUR 5,000 to EUR 30,000 are currently being defined from which value chain actors interested in investing can choose. The targeted improved linkages between ecosystems in productive landscapes include, among others, the Caño Negro wetland in Costa Rica, valuable for Central America, habitat of rare migratory birds, as well as the Jura river course in the Dominican Republic, with linkages to relevant mangrove forests that are also home to manatees.

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