From farm to fork: mainstreaming biodiversity in agricultural value chains in Dominican Republic and Costa Rica
The "From Farm to Fork" Program aims to integrate aspects of biodiversity and ecosystem services into the banana and pineapple value chains in Costa Rica and the Dominican Republic. The project is funded by the International Climate Initiative (IKI), with the support of the German Federal Ministry of Environment, Nature Protection and Nuclear Safety (BMU). It works with pilot farms, some of which had already been identified by GIZ and have expressed interest in implementing biodiversity-friendly measures on their sites. GFA is currently implementing the Component 2 of the Program, which is the conceptual development and management of the Biodiversity Innovation Fund (BIF) and its subsequent implementation in order to encourage producers from small, medium and large private companies to invest in innovative initiatives focused on conservation, ecosystem services and the valuation of biological resources as natural capital. GFA conducted in each country two ideas competitions. In total, 32 ideas were selected by technical committees and are currently supported through the implementation of the BIF. The BIF supports the selected producers through technical advice, materials and equipment during piloting and implementation of biodiversity-friendly measures in their production systems. Examples of winning projects are the use of drones for monitoring biodiversity, the integration of beekeeping into banana plantations, ecological chicken farming, the use of camera traps for monitor-ing wildlife fauna and developing protection plans, the creation of biological corridors and others.