Families receiving technical assistance (TA) to adopt low-carbon agriculture in the Amazon improved their cocoa productivity by 35 percent and their gross income by 51 percent. The model has proved that for each Real invested in technical assistance, producers receive 4 Reals in income.
Livestock in Chaco
Beef producers who adopted climate-smart practices are demonstrating that no further land conversion is needed in Chaco to increase production. Despite adverse climate conditions, farmers who have maintained 49 percent of their native forest, increased their productivity by 31 percent against the regional baseline. Carbon emissions decreased by 18 percent per hectare and 14 percent per kilogram of beef produced.
Bolivia land use
As a result of Solidaridad’s work to improve its processes and mechanisms, the Forest and Land Authority in Bolivia (ABT) reallocated half of its desk staff to the field to reinforce control and monitor fires and deforestation.
Sugarcane in Brazil
RWE, one of the largest players in renewable energies, and Raízen, one of the largest sugarcane processors in the world, partnered with Solidaridad to identify the risks and opportunities of using sugarcane bagasse and straw for power generation. This initiative has set the bases for a circular value chain that optimizes resources and brings value back to the producers.
Gold in Peru
Solidaridad continues consolidating its models of strategic integration between mining companies and artisanal miners. In 2020, 90 miners operating on the grounds of a medium-scale company in Peru are working on safer conditions and receiving economic benefits by reducing their material and input costs by 25 percent and their transportation costs by 30 percent.
Palm in Colombia
The Colombian Research Centre, Cenipalma, adopted Extension Solution, an app developed by Solidaridad to support field staff assessing sustainability in the sector. The tool has replaced handwritten recording of progress from 776 producers in 3 months, reducing data collection time by around 30 percent.
Gender and coffee
Based on the assessment of gender roles in the coffee value chain, Solidaridad developed the Famipuntos tool that aims to improve the workload balance for all family members using a board and an app to register time devoted to each activity and reward a more equitable distribution of the tasks.
Solidaridad and international trader OLAM designed an innovative barter program that offers preferential access to agricultural inputs to smallholder cocoa producers who demonstrate zero deforestation and introduce better labor conditions in their farms.
A deep dive
Innovation and adaptation
The Covid-19 pandemic created tremendous hurdles, and yet also brought opportunity for innovation and testing the gains of our programmes. We enhanced our digital tools to reach stakeholders during times of severe restrictions, and followed the resiliency of the smallholders we work with throughout the year.
Most Significant Changes
The story of Casilda: empowerment and resilience in Chaco
Seven years ago, Casilda and her husband took over a family farm in an area that provides milk to one of the largest dairy companies in Paraguay. To help realise their livelihood ambitions, Casilda and her husband joined the Campo Aceval cooperative, where Casilda became one of the few women directors.
“My name is Sinforosa Rodriguez: I am a woman and a miner”
Sinforosa, better known as Sinfo, is the oldest of nine siblings and a native of Porco, a municipality in Potosí, Bolivia. When her father fell ill with a lung disease called silicosis, she was asked to replace him as a member of the mining organization. Sinforosa paved the way for other women relying on her father’s support and her own determination.
Throughout 2020, we worked with stakeholders across value chains to maximize impact by emphasizing inclusion and participation, using mixed methods for training and engagement, and bringing together actors from different spheres and sectors.
Organization & governance
A human-centered approach
The organization continued to be driven by human-centered approaches across human resource and data collection methods, to partnerships and communications.
Due to Covid-19, during 2020 we had a series of restrictions for the implementation of various activities in the field and making trips. Understanding this context, our donors allowed budget changes in order not to affect the main objectives of the projects. Despite delays in the planned activities, we complied with the execution of our modified work plans.
Fortunately, Covid-19 did not affect calls for the implementation of projects in South America, and our offices in Colombia, Peru, and Argentina increased their income by more than 700K EUR for 2021. These funds were provided by Cargill, Tropical Forest Alliance (TFA), Chemonics, Swiss Development Cooperation (SECO), The Nature Conservancy, Alicorp, and others.