From farm to fork: mainstreaming biodiversity in agricultural value chains in Dominican Republic and Costa Rica
The From Farm to Fork project 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). The project works with pilot farms, part of which already identified by GIZ, which have expressed interest in implementing biodiversity-friendly measures in their areas. It implements a Biodiversity Innovation Fund (BIF) which aims to achieve that producers of small, medium and large private businesses invest in innovative initiatives that focus on conservation, ecosystem services and the valuation of biological resources as natural capital. The BIF supports producers through technical advice, materials and equipment during piloting and implementation of biodiversity-friendly measures in their production systems. A Biodiversity Check tool has been developed with bio-indicators that link these initiatives to national and international standards. Examples of potential initiatives to be supported by the BIF are the use of drones and GIS to identify possible biodiversity corridors, wetland restauration, anaerobic digestion of waste water, beekeeping, bio-pesticides and -fertilisers, soil cover and water management.