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Agroamerica undertook a project to strengthen the dialogue between Union and Management

Agroamerica undertook a project to strengthen the dialogue between Union and Management

Guatemala, August 2009. Agroamerica, together with Business for Social Responsibility (BSR) and CentraRSE, leading organizations in Corporate Social Responsibility, undertook the project “Creating a Process of Constructive Dialogue between union workers and management” to strengthen communication among union, non-union workers, and management; thus achieving an effective interaction answering to the needs of all.

The methodology consisted of a series of workshops under the theme: “The value of investing in strengthening relations”; these were able to identify topics in common to generate improvements in the union-employer relationship that will have a positive effect on work conditions, competitiveness, and in the access to different markets.
Human Resources Manager of Agroamérica indicated: “Achieving multi-sectoral dialogue between senior management and employees is a challenge for any company, contributing to the improvement of the working environment and good relations between employers and employees that will also foster the competitiveness of the company. Among the benefits expected are: to create formal long-term relationships, improve communications, and create a greater trust between farm workers and management, to create an attitude of interworking, increase productivity of the farm, and above all to improve work environment”.

Most participants of this project believed that it would be of great benefit because it would help them work as a team, find new and better ways to work, more ideas, and innovation to increase sales and decrease losses, and it would also serve as a motivation to strive to create a suitable and pleasant work environment.

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Agroamérica sponsors training to farms staff involved with Best Families-CEFI Program

Agroamérica sponsors training to farms staff involved with Best Families-CEFI Program

Guatemala, August 2009. From August 9 to the 14, was held the first training workshop for field technicians and general coordination of the Best Family- CEFI program, sponsored by Agroamérica, at the Hotel Siboney, Retalhuleu.

During the sessions, training was provided to participants involved in program development so that they could competently perform the initial phase and the implementation of training workshops with women in the communities.

Some of the discussed topics during the induction were the pillars of food and nutrition security, food nutritional insecurity tree, Best Families program and its objectives, lines of action, strategy, levels, phases of the program cycle, will or desire, satisfaction or effect, outline of training and structure plans, goals, the desired impact at the end of the process and desired outcomes.

The facilitators of the workshop, Eber Garcia, technical director, and Brenda Roxana Letona, coordinator of assessment and training for the Best Family- CEFI program, evaluated the group learning, noting that there is ability, disposition and positive attitude on the part of technicians for program implementation. Additionally, they said it was clear the political and technical support to program development by Agroamérica officials who attended the workshop. They also said that knowledge of the program model and nutritional food security and by the General Coordinator of itself is a strength that will help achieve better program results.

The results from the workshop were:

  • Preparation of technical staff to proceed with the initial phase of the program and transfer of the first training workshops for the participants.
  • The progress of the initial phase of the program was conducted in the months of July and August, during which participating communities have been located, number of groups has been established, the net population and community leaders have been identified, mothers and children have been instructed and given their nutritional status to have a parameter to measure results.

Next steps:

  • The inauguration of the program to begin training its recipients will take place in September.

It was an enjoyable workshop, where participants had the opportunity to undertake several activities to see their level of knowledge and how to link the concepts of food and nutrition security, and if they could identify and respect the model of the Best Families in their program along its progress, through the development of educational activities.

During the week, the activity counted with the presence of Bernardo Roehrs, Corporate director of Agroamérica S.A., Byron Santizo, general coordinator of Solidarity Program, Gustavo Aqueche and Walter Tello, human resources managers of the farms, Hilda Alvarado, general coordinator of Best Families Program, and ground technicians Luis Alfredo Taracena, Allan Rodas, Verónica Maldonado and Vivian Barrios.

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Agroamerica begins the training in family guidance

Agroamerica begins the training in family guidance

Guatemala, July 2009. Agroamerica banana plantations joined together to sponsor training in family guidance given by the organization ENLACE to achieve an integral development for their employees and families in communities where they operate.

The training is a period of four months (July to November), which seeks to encourage participants, in this case teachers, principals, administrators of farms and community leaders, to improve their own behavior and experience of family values, to spread it in their environment and incorporate into their daily work, serving as example for the community.

Some of the topics to be discussed during the training are: individual and family values, education for freedom, character and personality, work, among others.

At the opening event attended by representatives of the Board of Agroamérica, members of the Board of ENLACE, community leaders, farm staff, school principals, teachers and members of COCODES.

This and other projects are part of the company’s commitment to support the community through education and training to improve their living conditions and simultaneously encourage them to participate in developing their own community

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Agroamérica brings the light to school in Huitzizil Village

Agroamérica brings the light to school in Huitzizil Village

Guatemala, June 2009. For the students of Escuela Rural Mixta of Huitzizil Village, their school day won’t be the same. Since June 17, 2009, their classrooms have lighting, one of the most critical physical characteristics of a school.

Good lighting should be considered an active element of the total educational environment since it contributes significantly to students’ attitudes and performance. According to this, Agroamérica, which is committed to support local communities, donated electric power to the village’s school. In addition, the school was painted, areas such as the main entrance and the basketball court were repaired, and the construction of a new fence was made.

With this project, more than 240 students from the Huitzizil Village benefited and enjoy a new school environment where they can now study and pursue their daily activities.

This and other projects are part of the company’s commitment and corporate social responsibility programs, aimed to support local communities through the reparation and creation of infrastructure that permits the improvement of their living conditions while encouraging them to participate in the development of their own communities.

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Founder and President of Agroamérica dies and leaves a great mission.

Founder and President of Agroamérica dies and leaves a great mission.

Guatemala, June 10, 2009. Fernando Bolaños Menéndez, the founder and president of the Corporation Agroamérica, died on Thursday, May 21, after more than 62 years of work. His leadership now is in charge of his sons who continue with the proper functioning of the corporation and the growth of it, as he always did. His sons are now adults and professionals that have been involved in the business for over 27 years, leading the corporation.

Don Fernando was a man who began to build what is now Agroamérica since he was very young. He achieved these through work, perseverance, effort, courage, determination, and social sensitivity. He created one of the largest producers of bananas and pineapples in the world, in terms of quality and efficiency. It is also a major producer of African palm in the region. Agroamérica has its own line of transportation as well as a diversification program of fast food and entertainment business

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Agroamérica repairs infrastructure of Escuela Oficial Rural Mixta in San Francisco Madre Vieja village

Agroamérica repairs infrastructure of Escuela Oficial Rural Mixta in San Francisco Madre Vieja village

Guatemala, June 2009. Aiming to improve the conditions of students of the village San Francisco Madre Vieja, Agroamerica repaired parts of the installations of the village?s school, Escuela Oficial Rural Mixta, located in Tiquisate, Escuintla.

The school had serious roof damage, it presented holes where water, litter and sunlight easily entered, making it difficult for both teachers and students to follow the class dynamics. To solve the problem, the old foil sheets were replaced by new ones that do not allow the sunlight to go through.

In addition to this repair and thinking about the safety of students, a fence was built around the school to prevent children from leaving the area and crossing the Madre Vieja River, as it is a very dangerous step.

With the support of Agroamerica, always committed with the community to improve their living conditions, the population of San Francisco Madre Vieja village has a school in conditions in which their students can attend classes and enjoy the facilities without any trouble.

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Agroamerica, bridge reparation re-established vehicular traffic towards Las Trozas Village.

Agroamerica, bridge reparation re-established vehicular traffic towards Las Trozas Village.

Guatemala, May 2009. Aiming to restore vehicular communication and benefit the local community, the bridge from Las Trozas village, which connected three villages in the area, was repaired.

The bridge, which was rebuilt with the support of the company Agroamérica, had a hole of 2.5 meters wide by 3 meters long, preventing communication with the town.

The inhabitants of the region, about 3,500 people, expressed their satisfaction with the project, since the lack of infrastructure made difficult the performance of daily activities like going to the workplace, the market or to resolve an emergency.

Agroamérica invested Q14 a thousand in the project, which helped to reestablish the communication and access to Huitzizil, Las Trozas and San Francisco Madre Vieja villages. The reactivation of this main route connects several area farms and public transportation, which allows people from the banana plantations.

This and other projects are part of the company’s commitment to support local communities through the reparation and creation of infrastructure that permits the improvement of their living conditions while encouraging them to participate in the development of their own communities.

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