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AgroAmerica donates $50,000 for the conservation of the tropical forest of the Maya biosphere reserve in Central America

AgroAmerica donates $50,000 for the conservation of the tropical forest of the Maya biosphere reserve in Central America

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AgroAmerica joins the environmental conservation Project of the Maya Cultural and Natural Heritage Foundation (Fundación Patrimonio Cultural y Natural Maya) –PACUNAM– that seeks to protect cultural and natural heritage sites such as tropical forests, and the flora and fauna of the Maya Biosphere Reserve.

The Maya Biosphere Reserve is the largest protected tropical forest in Central America. Spread over 4.3 million acres (1.7 million hectares) in the Department of Petén in Guatemala, this reserve protects large areas of forests, rivers, wetlands and Maya sites.

“We decided to join the environmental conservation projects of PACUNAM and support their efforts to develop and build sustainable forestry activities, as they correspond with the objectives of AgroAmerica for the conservation of natural resources. Partnering with PACUNAM is consistent with how we work to protect tropical forests and support the sustainable development of the countries where we operate,” stated Fernando Bolaños, CEO of AgroAmerica.

Using technology known as lidar, a team of archaeologists, funded by PACUNAM found evidence beneath the jungle canopy in Guatemala of how the Mesoamerican civilization altered its landscape for more than 2,500 years. This may change what archaeologists thought they knew about aspects of the ancient society’s population size, agricultural practices and conflicts between warring dynasties, reported The New York Times in its recent article Hidden Kingdoms of the Ancient Maya Revealed in a 3-D Laser Map.

PACUNAM works hand in hand with government agencies such as the National Council of Protected Areas (CONAP), local conservation organizations and national and foreign non-governmental organizations, such as Petén Forest Communities Association -ACOFOP-, Carmelita Cooperative, Balam Association, Wildlife Conservation Society, Rainforest Alliance, Conservation International, Counterpart International, Foundation for Anthropological Research -FARES-, Foundation for the Development of Guatemala -FUNDESA-, and the Department of the Interior of the United States.

PACUNAM has the support of national and international media such as National Geographic, to publish its activities and projects.

The work of PACUNAM focuses on facilitating scientific and archaeological research, promoting the development of productive activities and contributing to the conservation of the environment.

About AgroAmerica

AgroAmerica is a company that produces and distributes bananas, banana puree, and vegetable oils. It employs more than 13,000 people in Guatemala, Ecuador, Peru, Panama, the United States and Europe. It is a leader in sustainable practices and social responsibility. For more information, visit www.agroamerica.com

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AgroAmerica releases 2017 sustainability report

AGROAMERICA RELEASES 2017 SUSTAINABILITY REPORT

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AgroAmerica has announced the most relevant aspects of its 2017 SUSTAINABILITY REPORT, which encompasses sustainable initiatives and practices that focus on its four pillars: human capital, community development, the environment and responsible management.

The report is aligned with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) promoted by the General Assembly of the United Nations through Resolution 70/1: Transforming the world: the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The countries where AgroAmerica operates (Guatemala, Peru, Ecuador and Panama) are signatories of this resolution.

The report underscores aspects of human rights, such as labor practices and decent wages, health, and food and nutrition security, use and responsible management of natural resources and gender approach.

SDG # 1 aims to end poverty in all forms, everywhere. The United Nations emphasizes that this is achieved through job creation. AgroAmerica provides more than 13,000 decent jobs in its banana and vegetable oil operations in Guatemala, Ecuador, the United States, Panama, Peru and Europe. It also contributes to boost local employment through its 2,692 local suppliers.

Another aspect underscored by the AgroAmerica report is gender equality related to SDG #5: Achieving gender equality and empowering all women and girls. AgroAmerica guarantees the participation and empowerment of women through employment, which gives them the opportunity to grow professionally and bring development to their families and communities.

  • 51% of workers in the packing plants are women
  • 17% of the members of the Executive Committee are women
  • 16% of all employees are women

“At AgroAmerica we do not settle with complying with the laws, we go beyond” said Bernhard Roehrs, Corporate Director of AgroAmerica. “For that reason, in our Human Development Center in the village of Caballo Blanco, Retalhuleu, Guatemala, we continue to provide comprehensive health services to our workers, their families and surrounding communities, where over 30,000 persons live.” The Human Development Center of AgroAmerica was created in 1914 in partnership with the University of Colorado in the United States to provide world class medical services to the rural area of the Guatemala southwest “trifinio”.

The Healthy Mother (Madres Sanas) program addresses mother health and wellbeing directly. It is aimed at pregnant women; mothers are taught to identify danger signs during pregnancy, pre-natal care, post-partum depression, signs of danger in the newborn, adequate nutrition and breastfeeding. In 2017, 312 mothers participated in this program and 982 household visits were conducted.

Both the Human Development Center, which also has a school, and the Healthy Mothers program, contribute to achieving SDG #3: Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages.

garantizar al mundo el abastecimiento de
alimentos de la más alta calidad.

A la fecha, AgroAmerica ha donado 332,600 bananos para las familias más necesitadas; con el fin de brindar alimentos que aporten
nutrientes y elementos claves para el fortalecimiento del sistema inmunológico durante la pandemia de COVID-19.

Las donaciones se han realizado en las comunidades en donde viven nuestros trabajadores y que están aledañas o en la zona de
influencia de nuestras operaciones en Guatemala, Ecuador y Perú.

Así mismo se han entregado donaciones a entidades gubernamentales para contribuir a la alimentación de personas que colaboran
a evitar la propagación del COVID-19, y para personas que se encuentran en estado de cuarentena.

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