Sugarcane sustainability standards
The Bonsucro Inspire Awards 2022 recognized the Mexican MAS-CAÑA as a finalist under the category “Best initiative in the value chain” for exceptional contributions in accelerating sustainable sugarcane production. In partnership with Bayer and Grupo Pantaleon, our initiative is based on the adoption of good agricultural practices and robust training of sugarcane producers.
Resilient Coffee Production
We strengthened production of sustainable and traceable coffee in Mesoamerica to comply with new global market requirements. In Nicaragua 2,260 producers gained benefits from carbon markets, generating 31,786 carbon units sold at $825,000 via the ACORN platform. We’re scaling this model to Honduras, where 200 farmers sold their first container under a traceability model.
Long-term sustainability in cocoa and livestock
Since 2016, we trained 13 promoters like Santos and engaged more than 1,000 producers in Nicaragua. Beyond the end of our intervention, promoters will continue providing technical assistance as local service providers. The technical-assistance model was based on integrated farm management, which proved to have greater impact on farms and incomes.
Focus on palm oil challenges
We continued to lead dialogue spaces to address zero deforestation, decent work and RSPO certification. We worked with multiple stakeholders to support the conservation of more than 69,933 hectares of Guatemalan natural reserves. We provided technical assistance to 3,592 Mexican smallholders, and we raised 2,017 Honduran workers’ awareness about decent work.
A deep dive
Results across four areas
Solidaridad implements programmes in four integrally interconnected result areas: at the farm or producer level, at the business level, at the policy level, and at the market level. All with the overall goal of building resilient communities through sustainable supply chains.
Change that Matters Stories
Meet Panchito: a resilient coffee farmer
Since he began farming, José Francisco Villada, better known as Panchito, has been committed to improving the quality of his coffee. Whether through his cooperative, learning with trainers or using digital tools, he works hard to learn, grow and share his knowledge with others.
PALM OIL TRANSFORMED
Through the regional Mesoamerican Palm Oil Alliance (MAPA) initiative key supply chain actors – including smallholders, managers and owners of large-scale plantations, civil society and government – engaged through multi-stakeholder platforms to enhance sustainable agricultural, social, and environmental practices.
SEVEN YEARS OF IMPROVING WORKING CONDITIONS AND PRODUCTIVITY
Sugarcane is one the main crops in Mexico and Central America. That’s why Solidaridad’s regional initiative PanameriCaña has worked to build capacity to improve and increase sugarcane production, improve working conditions, and support regional certification sustainably and inclusively.
A Guatemalan Landscape Heroine
Carmen Gómez from San Marcos, Guatemala, says the greatest achievement in her community, 31 de Julio, has been gathering women, youth, and men together to work in unity in order to protect the area’s mangrove ecosystem.
Innovative Sustainability Solutions
Sustainability made easier
Innovation is the key to success for any organization and vital for growth, but for Solidaridad, it is also the only way to solve some of the imminent and persisting problems we are facing.
Organization & Governance
A single Latin American office for Central and South America
In 2022 we took the first steps to integrate the operations of the Central America and South America regional offices into a single Latin American office. This entailed the restructuring of our staff and our operations as of 2023. Both regions will continue with their strategies outlined in their respective multi-annual strategic plan (MASP III), and we will work on an integrated strategy from the 2026 plan onward.
Due to new projects obtained during 2022, we witnessed an increase in direct income. This included funders like Beta San Miguel Group (€78K) for the Best agricultural practices certificate of Recognition and BONSUCRO certifications, Rabobank (€62K) for a pilot project to generate carbon certificates through the Acorn platform, and Bayer (€33K) for the renewal of the MAS-CAÑA project.
Income from related Solidaridad organizations also increased and originated mainly from the Dreamfund funding (€172K) by the Dutch Postcode Lottery and funds from the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs (€111K), all provided via the office in Europe.
Because of new projects, related to the additional income, and fluctuations in the USD/Euro exchange rates during the year overall expenses also increased.
The full audited annual statements of 2022 will be added as soon as they are available.