Solidaridad’s digital application, Extension Solution, was adopted by Fedepalma, a sector organization, to assess their Sustainability Index among 3,000 palm producers across Colombia. In Peru, we concluded the first stage of our partnership with Alicorp, the country’s largest retailer, to provide training to 401 of their producers and 136 of their workers on the implementation of RSPO standards.
We launched the Transamazonica Platform, a multi-sector group that works on environmental regulation, financial mechanisms and forest restoration in Brazil. Its first product was the Public Credit Guide for Cocoa to promote access to information and identify better opportunities for producers who need credit for their production systems.
We launched three initiatives with Orplana, a partner producer organization, to strengthen its service provision: a mentorship programme to learn, test and adopt new technologies, a programme for producer associations to develop, finance and implement their own projects linked to innovation, and a training programme for young people inheriting family farms.
Fruit & vegetables
In Peru, we launched ECOBAN, a recycling plant that integrates an importer, a banana union and four smallholder producers’ organizations. It has the capacity to transform 25 percent of the plastic waste generated in the national organic banana production, into more than 270,000 plastic corner pieces used in pallets for exports.
We assessed producers’ compliance against the sustainability indicators of SAGP in partnership with 66 producers supplying 820 tons of raw yerba mate to Leão Alimentos e Bebidas, a Coca-Cola Company in Brazil, and with the use of Extension Solution, a digital data tool for educators in agricultural good practices.
Our dairy model in Chaco reduced green house gas emissions by 63 percent per litre of milk produced after one year of implementation, and has the potential to mitigate up to 97 percent of emissions in ten years. In Mato Grosso, our partnership with ICV contributed to reducing the pressure of deforestation through intensification in 54,376 productive hectares, and conserved 54,273 hectares of forest inside farms.
Solidaridad launched a revealing study that assessed that four million hectares of degraded pastures in the Matopiba region in Brazil could be transformed into agricultural land and diminish pressure on the remaining vegetation. Likewise, we carried out a feasibility study on converting degraded pastures in the Paraguayan Chaco area to soy, as an alternative to clearing new areas for livestock.
As part of our project ReValoro, we signed an agreement with the Ministry of Energy and Mines in Peru to formally support the development of the New National Sector Policy for the Small-Scale Mining and Artisanal Mining, and strengthen the process of formalization.
2,000 coffee farmers in Colombia and Peru were registered in Rabobank’s Acorn platform to receive carbon sales for planting forests within their farms. This ground-breaking work will enable smallholder producers to directly benefit from the carbon market. The scheme can be scaled further to thousands of producers to diversify their income.
A multi-faceted approach
We continued our engagement across and along supply chains to achieve our goals of reduced deforestation and uptake of climate-smart practices, while prioritizing the livelihoods and advancement of smallholder producers.
Most Significant Changes
João Evangelista and the best cocoa in the world
Hailing from a small community in Brazil, João Evangelista entered the 2021 edition of the Cocoa of Excellence competition and ranked among the world’s best 50 bean samples. His cocoa, grown in agroforestry systems in addition to its optimal quality, contributes in restoring the Amazon.
REWARDING FARMERS FOR WARDING OUR FORESTS
Doña Rosa has long known what climate change means for her farm, and she’s intent on doing her part to combat it. Joining Solidaridad’s ‘Coffee of the Future’ programme has given Doña Rosa crucial skills and tools for making sure her coffee remains good for her business and the environment.
Organization & Governance
Reaching new heights
Growing our team and our borders
In 2021, we expanded our reach to Suriname, and also grew our team in important ways to meet the demands of new programmes and partnerships. To support these staff, we are continuing our emphasis on learning, evaluation and attention to human resources and integrity systems.
Important contracts for the region were secured in 2021. A contract with GIZ for 2.3 Million Euro planned to be implemented in Colombia until 2023 and another with JBS for 7.5 million Euro planned to be implemented in Brazil until 2025. Thanks to these and other funds Solidaridad South America was able to raise additional income of 1.6 Million Euro for 2021.
The actual expenditure in 2021 was 93% of the budget presented to the International Supervisory Board. However, the composition of the expenditure varied. Covid restrictions during the first semester of the year limited significantly the implementation of activities in the field, which meant that only 71% of the planned budget was implemented. Nevertheless, new income and expenses compensated for the difference.
Only 30% of the activity budget planned in September 2020 was implemented due to mobility restrictions. The activities that could not be carried out are part of projects with an end date beyond 2021, so planning and targets were rescheduled in agreement with the donors.
Employee expenses were higher because new projects were started and 39 additional staff was hired for these projects.
The full audited annual statements of 2021 can be found below: