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Programa de Desarrollo para Adolescentes

AgroAmerica implements a comprehensive development program for adolescents

AgroAmerica implements a comprehensive development program for adolescents

The Human Development Center of AgroAmerica, in southwestern Guatemala, is implementing a Comprehensive Development Program for Adolescents, under the guidance of the University of Colorado. “The main objective of this program is to provide teenagers between the ages of 12 and 18 with the opportunity to have a comprehensive development, which allows them to excel in both personal and professional areas, while becoming drivers of change in their families and communities,” said Fernando Bolaños, CEO of AgroAmerica. The program has three main components: trainings, scholarships and medical care.

Training
Training is provided to young students at the middle and high school levels in local schools in the influence area. Topics covered include: sex education, with the aim of ensuring that adolescents are informed and can make free, informed and responsible decisions; human values, self-esteem; life projects that allow them to set personal goals; leadership, changes during adolescence and how to manage them; personal hygiene and preventive health. The goal of these trainings is to allow young people to develop in a comprehensive and successful way, both in their academics and in their personal lives. In 2019, 1,194 adolescents from 12 middle and high schools participated.

Scholarships
Scholarships for middle and high school are awarded to young people between 16 and 18 years old who participate in the program, to help them complete their studies. The adolescents who participate in the scholarship program are part of a leadership project offered at the Human Development Center, in which they must commit themselves to generate actions of change aimed at promoting community development, with the purpose of developing future leaders who will generate positive impacts in their influence areas.

Medical Care
A medical clinic was inaugurated at AgroAmerica’s Human Development Center for the exclusive use of the Comprehensive Development Program for Teenagers, which provides medical services to young people to help them with their health and wellness. During 2019, surveys and general medical evaluations were conducted for more than 1,100 adolescents to learn about their physical and psychological health status in order to know their
profile and be able to provide them with the necessary medical care.

In 2020, staff from AgroAmerica’s “Young Leaders and Great Decisions” Leadership program provided support to communities and clinic patients in COVID 19 Prevention Measures.

Educación Superior en América Latina

AgroAmerica supports Higher Education to help reduce migration in Latin America

AgroAmerica supports Higher Education to help reduce migration in Latin America

The Agribusiness food company, AgroAmerica, is sponsoring the 100K Innovation Fund grant competition for higher education projects aimed at universities in Guatemala, the United States, Central America and the Dominican Republic.

The 100K Innovation Fund New Grant Competition is sponsored by the Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs of the U.S. Department of State and supported by AgroAmerica, the U.S. Embassy in Guatemala and the NGO Partners of the Americas. The 100K Fund will be awarded in 12 grants of $25,000 this year to support new higher education projects with innovative models of academic training and student exchange programs between the United States and the region, beginning in January 2022.

AgroAmerica is the second multinational company in Guatemala to join this public-private initiative. The company’s CEO, Fernando Bolaños Valle, said that “it is with great enthusiasm that AgroAmerica joins the State Department as a strategic partner in this regional initiative, in an organic way, because of our shared values; building, through educational programs, a more prosperous future full of hope for our countries. At AgroAmerica, we are convinced that the future of our continent depends on strategic investments like these, which will multiply prosperity for the United States, Guatemala and the region.”

Javier Aguirre, corporate director of AgroAmerica, explained that the company donated funds to strengthen local capacities in the areas of climate change, human rights, natural resource management, sustainable agriculture, conservation and reforestation, environmental protection and sustainable businesses.

Other disciplines and subject areas included in this 100K grant contest are: public health; health sciences; educational technology; nutrition sciences; water, sanitation and hygiene; business development; science, technology, engineering and mathematics among others.

“The new 100K Strong Americas Innovation Fund partnerships, supported by AgroAmerica and the Department of State, will grow the number of students in the United States, Central America and the Dominican Republic, so working together, they will acquire valuable new skills and knowledge and grow our economies,” said Julie Chung, acting assistant secretary of the Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs at the U.S. Department of State.

About the 100K Innovation Fund

 The 100,000 Strong in the Americas Innovation Fund is the public-private sector collaboration between the Department of State, U.S. embassies and Partners of the Americas to promote a positive agenda for the entire region by harnessing the power of education.

As a result of this initiative, more students in the hemisphere have been able to access innovative training and academic exchange programs to conduct research, acquire technical and linguistic skills, work in teams and prepare themselves for the demands of the workforce.

From its creation in 2013 to date, the 100K Innovation Fund has awarded 243 grants (ranging from $25,000 to $35,000 each) to teams working within 493 institutions of higher education, in 25 countries and 49 U.S. states.

Institutions of higher education in the United States and in Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Costa Rica, Panama, Belize, Nicaragua and the Dominican Republic are invited to submit their 100K grant proposals to Partners of the Americas before August 2, 2021.

The form to submit proposals is available at 100kstrongamericas.org/grants

About AgroAmerica

AgroAmerica is an agribusiness company dedicated to the production and commercialization of food products, through the use of sustainable and responsible cultivation methods. It operates in Europe, the United States, Mexico, Guatemala, Ecuador, Peru and Panama. AgroAmerica operates on the basis of a corporate sustainability strategy to generate value and balance between economic growth, natural resource conservation and the well-being of its customers, employees and stakeholders.

AgroAmerica joins in the celebration of the International Year of Fruits and Vegetables

AgroAmerica joins in the celebration of the International Year of Fruits and Vegetables

The United Nations General Assembly designated 2021 as the International Year of Fruits and Vegetables to raise awareness of the importance of consuming fruits and vegetables, which are essential for human nutrition, food security and health, and for the achievement of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

According to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), bananas are the most widely sold fruit in supermarkets and the fourth most important food crop in the world.

AgroAmerica is an international food company, dedicated to the production and distribution of fruits, mainly conventional and organic Cavendish bananas.

AgroAmerica has played a key role in food security during the Covid-19 pandemic. “Aware of the nutritional value of bananas in food security, we supported the Government of Guatemala, together with the Association of Independent Banana Producers, by donating $297,000 to the communities most affected by Covid-19 in Guatemala. Furthermore, we donated 1,248,900 bananas to 62,445 families in the communities surrounding our operations in the countries where we operate,” said Fernando Bolaños, CEO of AgroAmerica.

AgroAmerica is characterized for being a competitive company in the market for its high-quality products, excellence and its efforts in sustainability, from farm to fork.

Agroindustrial Sustainability

AgroAmerica uses sustainable crop methods, in compliance with the most demanding international quality, labor, social and environmental standards in the market.

Certified Production

In addition to being a competitive company, AgroAmerica demonstrates its commitment to the well-being of its workers, the communities and the environment. This is demonstrated by more than ten certifications and our social and environmental programs, which are aligned with the SDGs. The company is also a member of the Better Banana Project, which addresses environmental and social issues on plantations while increasing farms’ efficiency and maintaining high production levels. The ultimate goal of the project is sustainability. It is a win-win solution, because the working conditions are improved and the plantations are more productive.

Organic Seal

AgroAmerica complies with the strict guidelines offered by the United States Department of Agriculture and with European and international standards that guarantee the sustainable production and marketing of its organic products.

Traceability

AgroAmerica guarantees the traceability of its production and distribution chain by complementing its sustainable, world-class banana crops with logistics and transportation services and BASC (Business Alliance for Secure Commerce) certification.

“We congratulate the United Nations for raising awareness of healthy eating and join in the celebration of the International Year of Fruits and Vegetables by offering food products of high nutritional value, produced in a responsible and sustainable manner,” added Bolaños.

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AgroAmérica researches to eradicate diseases in the south-western region of Guatemala.

AgroAmérica researches to eradicate diseases in the south-western region of Guatemala

In 2014, AgroAmerica allied with the University of Colorado in the United States, and FUNSALUD, built a Health Research Center in the south-western region of Guatemala.

Since then, the Center has carried out various studies to measure the incidence of diseases that most affect the area, such as dengue, Zika, chikungunya, diarrhea, norovirus, respiratory infections, and Covid-19, to develop action plans to eradicate them.

The Center also conducts training for health personnel in the area and community leaders on disease prevention. Each year an average of 20 private and government institutions are trained.

The investigations are carried out through a Consultative Committee, formed by 35 community leaders from 12 communities in Retalhuleu, San Marcos, and Quetzaltenango. The committee meets three times per year to discuss health issues affecting the region and determine what studies to perform to eradicate the diseases. The Consultative Committee also cooperates with the University of Colorado to gather information for each research project.

This Research Center is part of the AgroAmerica Human Development Center, located in Retalhuleu, which provides medical services in the area.

“The Research Center responds to the needs detected in our CSR and sustainability strategy in the health issue. We seek to contribute to eradicating the diseases that most affect the area through prevention and contribute to achieving the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), ”said AgroAmerica CEO Fernando Bolaños Valle.

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