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.

Training of Trainers (ToT)

Programme of the training:

Training program 1:

Training program 2:

Training program 3:

Training program 4:

Presentations of the virtual training for farm assessors:

Module I:
Relationship between Biodiversity, Agriculture and the Agrifood Sector

Module II:
Biodiversity management on farms 

Module III:
Agricultural practices to enhance biodiversity

Module IV:
Biodiversity Check Agrícola: una herramienta para la acción

Training program 1:

Conclusions of the participants:

Module 1:

Relationship between Biodiversity, Agriculture and the Agrifood Sector

“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:

Biodiversity management on farms 

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:

Agricultural practices to enhance biodiversity

“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:

Biodiversity Check Agrícola: una herramienta para la acción

“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:​

Module 1:

Relationship between Biodiversity, Agriculture and the Agrifood Sector

“The concepts in this course will allow us to update our knowledge and apply it in the projects and policy instruments we work with.” 

Pedro Coss Sanz
Adaptation Analyst for the National Council for Climate Change and the Clean Development Mechanism. 

“We must contemplate ecosystem care as part of agricultural production, because it helps us to maintain the ideal conditions for sustainable production.” 

Mónica María González Sánchez
Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering at the University of Costa Rica  

Module 2:

Biodiversity management on farms

“We must protect the biodiversity of our production areas, working at the landscape level to benefit production systems; for example, in the Alexander Skutch Biological Corridor in Costa Rica, the Harlequin Frog Lazarus species Atelopus varius was found and its sighting was related to healthier production systems and therefore more resilient to pests and diseases.”

Mario Mejía
Tropical Science Centre 

 

Módulo 4:

Biodiversity Check Agrícola: una herramienta para la acción 

“The Agricultural Biodiversity Check is not a certification, it is a tool to determine the current situation of the agribusiness sector in relation to biodiversity and generates the process of dialogue that leads to the voluntary implementation of continuous improvements aimed at the integration of biodiversity in the management of companies”.

Monica Maria Gonzales
lngeniere aglicela y de !remitiera.: of the University of Costa Rica

Training program 3:

Conclusions of the participants:

Module 1:

Relationship between Biodiversity, Agriculture and the Agrifood 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

Module 2:

Biodiversity management 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
GLATFELTER

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

Eugenia Arguedas
SINAC

Module 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

Module 4:

Biodiversity Check Agricola: a tool for action 

“For me, the Agricultural Biodiversity Check is a platform for exercising biodiversity management and conservation tools in agriculture. It is of great importance because it helps companies to also take into account the social factor: how their activity affects or benefits the community and the natural resources in the place”. 

Erickson Carrillo Arias
National University, Costa Rica 

“The application of the BCA helps the producer to define a baseline where actions are focused on enhancing the protection of ecosystems on a voluntary basis, out of own conviction or environmental ethics, it is a matter of awareness with future generations and not of unilateral interests”. 

César Barrantes Jara
Coopepiña, Costa Rica 

Training program 4:

Conclusions of the participants:

Module 1:

Relationship between Biodiversity, Agriculture and the Agrifood Sector

“Agricultural producers are taking the issue of improving biodiversity in agricultural systems very seriously, and we must implement policies at different scales to improve environmental conditions in agricultural regions.

María José Esquivel Fuentes
Dejando Huella

Module 2:

Biodiversity management on farms

“Producers are taking measures to protect water and its quality by planting species that help production and contain tributaries (…). Planting species of flora that provide food for pollinators, birds, and endangered species, brings natural pest and disease controllers to the fields”. 

Juan Pablo Retana Miranda
Association of Bioecological Producers 

Module 3:

Agricultural practices to enhance biodiversity

“We do an annual crop rotation with pineapple, it is highly recommended to use certain leguminous plants to incorporate nitrogen into the soil and species that repel certain pests. 

Juan Pablo Retana
Association of Organic Ecological Producers

Module 4:

Biodiversity Check Agricola: a tool for action 

“The application of the BCA on our farm went very smoothly, we visited all areas of interest on the farm: pineapple production plots and forested areas. The consultants were very professional and the Biodiversity Check Agrícola application visit was a success.”

Stefan Trueb Garcia
Rancho Carlos S.R.L, Dominican Republic