FROM FARM TO FORK IN COSTA RICA AND THE DOMINICAN REPUBLIC – COMPETITION FOR IDEAS
The project Del Campo al Plato (From Farm to Fork) advocates the integration of biodiversity and ecosystem services elements in banana and pineapple value chains in Costa Rica and the Dominican Republic. For the period of 2019-2021, it is financed by the International Climate Initiative (IKI) supported by the Federal Ministry of Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU).
On behalf of GIZ, GFA has been implementing Component 2 of the project, a biodiversity innovation fund. In this context, two competitions for ideas were launched in each of the countries, a first one in February 2020. Small, medium and big banana and pineapple producers submitted their suggestions related to nature conservation, ecosystem services and the assessment of biological resources as natural capital. A total of 32 projects were selected that propose the integration of biodiversity aspects in their production systems. The selected initiatives are supported through technical assistance, materials, and equipment during pilots and implementation of related measures. For example, chicken manure is composted in order to reduce the use of chemical fertilizers, wildlife corridors are created to facilitate the migration of endangered species, and agroforestry is promoted.