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Children’s day in Agroamerica

Children’s day in Agroamerica

OUR PEOPLE, OUR COMMUNITY

Childhood is a unique and crucial stage of life and all children must be safe, healthy and educated. (United Nations).

“Children are a fundamental part of our Corporate Social Responsibility programs at AgroAmérica, which are aligned with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals and run throughout the year, so the Day of the Child at AgroAmérica is EVERY DAY,” said Javier Aguirre, Corporate Director of AgroAmérica.

One of the programs that AgroAmérica implements is a school for the children of employees. 

AgroAmerica’s School for workers Children

It currently has 179 students in Kindergarten and Elementary school.

  • The school promotes gender equity: 47% of the students enrolled are girls.
  • 84 students have graduated from elementary level.
  • The school was founded 9 years ago to bring quality education to the children of employees.

During 2020, the school has kept its classes remote, adapting to the change required by the pandemic. “We are awaiting instructions from the Ministry of Education to define the dates and methodology of graduation,” Aguirre reported. “During these days we will visit the students to verify their learning process and we will bring candy and joy to celebrate “International Children’s Day”.

Another of AgroAmérica’s contributions to children, is its active participation in the Municipal Commission for Food and Nutritional Security (COMUSAN, for its acronym in Spanish) in the municipalities in its area of influence in Guatemala.

COMUSANs are made up of a multi-sector groups and hold discussions on the reality of food and nutritional security in the municipalities, proposing actions that provide and communicate quality and timely information for decision making and to be on the look-out for specialized agreements to generate proposals or projects in areas focused and prioritized in food and nutritional health. Its objective is to reduce the rate of malnutrition and chronic malnourishment in children in the area.

In the Southwestern zone, where AgroAmérica operates, chronic child malnutrition is at 4%, compared to 50% of the country’s total. (Source: Unicef).

Human Development Center

AgroAmérica’s “Growing Up Healthy” program, implemented at the Human Development Center in southwestern Guatemala, serves children from zero to three years of age. Its objective is to reduce malnutrition in the community and contribute to the achievement of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDG).

During 2019, 105 children finished this process of care within the program, for having reached three years of age with satisfactory growth and nutritional development.

ONE banana a day changes your life:

It is a complement to the school snack. It seeks to improve the nutrition and food security of the children participating in the program.

To date, 20,505 children have participated in Guatemala, Peru, and Ecuador. During 2019, the program was present in 13 schools.

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AgroAmérica joins the International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer.

AgroAmérica joins the International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer.

INTERNATIONAL DAY OF THE OZONE LAYER, RESPONSIBLE PRACTICES OF AGROAMÉRICA, ENVIRONMENTAL CONSERVATION

“Ozone for Life” is this year’s motto to remind all citizens and sectors of their responsibility to take care of this fragile gas band that protects the Earth from the harmful effects of the sun’s rays, thereby contributing to the preservation of life on the planet.

AgroAmérica, through its responsible practices in its banana and tropical oil plantations and voluntary actions with local alliances, contributes to the Ozone Layer and the environment.

Carbon neutral (carbon negative)

According to the international organization WWF, in its article “Planting on degraded lands”, the oil palm has the capacity to absorb 15 metric tons of carbon dioxide CO2 per hectare. This means that it is carbon neutral, since the amount of tons of carbon dioxide that the palm fixes is greater than the total emissions generated by agricultural and industrial activities. In Guatemala, greenhouse gas emissions from the production of palm oil represents only 0.45% of the nation’s total emissions.

“At AgroAmérica we preserve more than 972 hectares of forest in our plantations, which contributes to environmental balance and reduces greenhouse gases, thereby mitigating global warming,” said Fernando Bolaños, CEO of AgroAmérica. According to a WWF report, forests absorb a billion tons of carbon dioxide.

Reforestation in AgroAmérica

AgroAmérica has implemented reforestation programs for several years. In 2019, it reforested 11.27 hectares along the riverbanks of several Guatemalan rivers, in partnership with the National Council of Protected Areas of Retalhuleu, surrounding communities and volunteer workers from AgroAmérica. These reforestation actions have helped to preserve the water, flora and fauna that make up the ecosystem, as well as reduce flooding and emissions of greenhouse gases.

“Agroaceite, a subsidiary of AgroAmérica, is the fourth company worldwide, third in Latin America and first in Central America to obtain the RSPO Next certification,” Bolaños added. This certification emphasizes No Deforestation, No Peat Soil Plantations, Reduction of Greenhouse Gases, Respect for Human Rights, Traceability and Transparency at all organizational levels. This standard provides a series of advanced criteria that exceed the RSPO standard.

Cutting edge technologies in tropical oil plants in AgroAmérica

The technologies used in the tropical oil processing plants of AgroAmérica help preserve the environment and the ozone layer.

Biomass boiler

The energy that is generated with biomass is one of the most renewable and the most beneficial for the environment. With the biomass boiler, clean energy is generated and covers the demand for electric energy in the tropical oil processing plant of Agroaceite. The biomass boiler is electrically connected to the National Interconnected System-SNI to which all the generation plants in Guatemala are interconnected, thus allowing the production, distribution and consumption of electric energy generated by the boiler.

Biodigesters

The water used inside the oil processing plants of AgroAmérica does not come from the river, but is extracted from a well and remains in a closed circuit. After the water is used, it is integrated into biodigesters. Biodigesters are containers that process and reduce organic matter through an anaerobic and aerobic process.

Learn more about our environmental conservation programs and our Tropical Oil Sustainability Report 2019 

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AgroAmerica contributes once again to the development of the Central American region

AgroAmerica contributes once again to the development of the Central American region

GUATEMALA CITY- September 2020- AgroAmerica, a globally recognized sustainable company, has been invited since 2017 to sponsor the Central American Donors Forum, an initiative of the Seattle International Foundation (SIF), to generate alliances and advance in development efforts in Central America to generate a greater social impact.

The Forum has the participation of over 400 leaders from business,  government, private sector, media outlets, and civil society, as well as international and regional panelists, to discuss priority issues and promote Social Responsibility. For the first time since its inception, the 2020 Forum was held virtually and was open to all audiences.

From September 1 – 3, 2020, the interventions of the different Forum participants focused on the “Reinvention and resistance in times of crisis”. The COVID-19 pandemic has exposed many of the vulnerabilities and concerns of Central America based on the construction of alternative responses to the economic impact, gender approach, migration, and the role of companies to increase market access for all.

Promoting development:

For the 4th consecutive year, AgroAmerica participated as a sponsor of the Forum, promoting the development of the Central American region and the implementation of good business, labor, social and environmental practices.

During 2019, the Forum’s central theme was “Progress at the Crossroads”. More than 30 conferences, panels, and workshops were held in Tegucigalpa, Honduras, addressing Economic Development, Youth, Feminist Movements, Corruption, Migration, Human Rights, Democracy, Public-Private Partnerships, among others.

In 2018, the forum was held in San Salvador, El Salvador, developing the theme “Creating space for everyone”, highlighting the role of corporate social responsibility in building a more inclusive region through strategic alliances with social actors.

In 2017, AgroAmerica CEO, Fernando Bolaños, was a member of the host committee, as well as a panelist of the Forum that revolved around the theme “Reimagining Partnerships”  held in Panama City. 

Bolaños participated on the panel Social Responsibility: The Role of Influential People in the Construction of Democracy in Central America. “There are many challenges facing Central America,” said Bolaños during his intervention. “Our challenges are all connected and linked – food security, poverty gender equality, health and education to name just a few. At AgroAmerica we strive to create a sustainable development initiative through partnerships, so we can improve the lives of our employees and the people in the surrounding communities.”

AgroAmerica will continue contributing to initiatives that promote a more inclusive region through its Corporate Sustainability Strategy and strategic alliances with social actors.

About AgroAmerica:

AgroAmerica is an agroindustrial corporation dedicated the production and commercialization of food products, using sustainable and responsible farming methods. With operations in Europe, United States, México, Guatemala, Ecuador, Perú, and Panamá. AgroAmerica operates based on a Corporate Sustainability strategy to generate value and balance among economic growth, natural resource conservation, and our customers and stakeholders wellbeing. Visit us: https://agroamerica.com/en/

Contacts

Javier Aguirre
Corporate Director
comunicacion@agroamerica.com
(502) 2420-9600

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