Capacity Building

IKI CAP Training

Web-Seminar on biodiversity in banana and pineapple cultivation

GNF, Lake Constance Foundation and GIZ (German International Cooperation) conducted the first web-seminar on biodiversity for agricultural advisors in Costa Rica and the Dominican Republic in May 2020. These consultants support cooperatives and plantations for the cultivation of bananas and pineapples. The web-seminar comprises four modules: The importance of biodiversity for agriculture and the food sector, Biodiversity Management (habitats and species), Very good agricultural practices and the Biodiversity Check Agrícola as a tool to improve the biodiversity performance on the plantation. Besides practical information and concrete examples, the 20 participants had the opportunity to exchange their own experiences. The feedback was positive all round. Due to the great demand, the webinar will be repeated in June and July 2020.

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Programm of the Trainings:

Training program 1:

Conclusions of the participants:

Module 1:

The information is very good and the studies and statistics presented are very useful to give an idea of the importance of improving productive activities in harmony with nature.

Leimin Diaz Campos, Del Monte

Very good information motivates us to integrate the topic of biodiversity into different parts of the agricultural chain. It is important that these issues reach consumers.

Lila Flores Larios. GIZ consultant in Honduras, in a natural resource management project

Module 2:

The loss of biodiversity has a negative impact on two of the largest goods we producers have, namely soil and water.

Adrian Rodrtguez, Varela Managing Director of Coopepiha R.L.

Biodiversity conservation measures must go beyond the farm and relate to the landscape level. In our case, we participate in initiatives with biological corridors, especially in San Juan – La Selva.

Ana Laura Masis, Chiquita Brand Costa Rica


Module 3:

Agriculture must be sustainable. Part of this sustainability is profitability, which is not just about being able to sell an agricultural product, but it is very important to maintain the condition of the various environmental components that are on my property.

Gueravo Gandini 
Association of Organic Engineering Banana Producers

It seems to me that changes have to be made and will depend on every business model we have, but research is needed. It is possible to make changes in a disciplined way, with professional and producer support and much monitoring of GHPs to make the right assessments

Freddy Garnboa 
Agricultural consultant for pineapple and tropical plants


Module 4:

Una herramienta que permite identificar y conocer sobre BPAs y la contribución de la biodiversidad en la agricultura 
Juan Jose Benites, Del Monte 
LL Muchas gracias por su gran dedicación, fue muy sustancioso. Promover la importancia que tiene la sostenibilidad es la mejor inversión

Juan Miguel Hernantles Mejia ASOPROPIMOPLA

Training program 2:

Conclusions of the participants:

Modul 1:

Relationship between himliversidal, agriculture and the agro-food sector

“(…) There is great importance and concern about knowing the traceability of the product, for example: that wild species are not put at risk, that a protected area is not invaded, and that the local community is included in the production process, among others”.

Juliana Galeano
Science and Community Advisor, Fundación UNO, Nicaragua

Modul 2:

Managing Biodiversity on Farms

“Any human activity impacts the environment, any one, not just those in the field. Transnationals such as small farmers must adopt measures to mitigate this impact. However, for change to take place, it is necessary to accept, in the first instance, the behaviours to be replaced”.

Ingrid Sanchez

“Efforts on biodiversity monitoring on farms need to be recorded and made available for other entities to do ecosystem analysis.

Eugenia Arguedas

Modul 3:

Agricultural practices to enhance biodiversity

“The issue of precision agriculture comes down to lowering the chemical load, as does the application of soil amendments prior to cultivation, improving soil nutrients and microbiology, the use of green manure and certainly sampling are of vital importance not only at the nutritional level but also to determine the presence of chemical contaminants”.

César Barrantes Jara
Coopepiña, Costa Rica

“One practice that enhances and safeguards biodiversity is soil conservation, crop rotation, crop association, among others. Crops should be rotated with crops that provide part of the nutrients consumed by the main crop and that break the cycles of pests and diseases”.

Jorge Soto Mejía
UNDP, Republic of Costa Rica