In 2022, 674 farmers in Colombia received payments for carbon capture through the Acorn platform, and another 3,021 farmers were added to be eligible to receive payments. To prepare them we developed the Carbon Farming Academy, a platform through which we trained 164 field officers from partner companies and 5,348 producers on carbon measurements and agroforestry.
We achieved two milestones in Peru: the creation of the National Network of Women in Artisanal and Small-Scale Mining and the issue of the first Policy for Artisanal and Small Scale Mining. This will improve the alignment among stakeholders to reduce the sector precariousness, and improve access to formal value chains, mining concessions tenure and land use permits.
In Pará, Brazil, we supported 1,114 new families, implemented 215 new hectares of cocoa agroforestry systems, and were awarded a blended finance project by the Brazilian Development Bank for increasing producers’ ability to afford technical assistance. The local cooperative we strengthened, Coopercau, now serves around 50 producing families who pay for this service.
Muda Cana project won the Best value chain sustainability initiative Bonsucro Inspire Award, recognizing six years collaborating with ORPLANA to strengthen service provision to more than 4,000 farmers from 23 associations in Brazil. Also, the ELO Programme entered its 8th year promoting continual improvement, reaching 2,023 suppliers from Raízen mills and covering 440,000 hectares.
In Colombia, we assessed 3,731 producers and delivered training to 1,248 producers and 119 field staff to comply with APSColombia and RSPO standards. We also launched a sector initiative to advance sustainable palm oil purchases in the national market. In Peru, we trained 401 farmers and 136 workers in five producer organizations and supported RSPO certification of 800 hectares.
In Peru, Ecoban, the startup that recycles plastic waste in the banana sector, received an award for contribution to a circular economy. More than 100 field staff and lead banana producers received training to produce biofertilizer. In Brazil, 140 orange producers joined our Fruto Resiliente project, and we partnered with local cooperative Montecitrus to expand it.
We started working on regenerative cattle farming in the Argentinian Chaco biome, where we engaged 216 farmers and trained 160 in regenerative forest management practices. In Colombia, we co-developed a Reference Framework for Sustainable Cattle Landscapes, which was integrated into the National Policy for Sustainable Bovine Livestock.
We carried out a pioneering study on carbon balance in the Matopiba region, Brazil. In Paraguay, we reached 60,713 hectares compliant with Cargill’s 3S standard among its suppliers, and another 4,848 under climate-smart practices with cooperatives. In Bolivia, we covered 21,315 hectares under sustainable management.
We worked to align the Coca-Cola SAGP standard to Leão Alimentos e Bebidas yerba mate supply chain in Brazil. Covering an area of 2,300 hectares, we worked with 88 smallholder families. We also held the first yerba mate meeting to discuss low-carbon agriculture, and started a project with Cargill to restore 130 hectares of Atlantic Forest with 51 producers.
Growing (climate) smart
Our impact in 2022
We continue to support the journey towards sustainability by expanding our climate-smart proposition to cover 726,122 hectares while also conserving 235,974 hectares of native vegetation. Our impact is growing as we develop and strengthen mechanisms to provide technical assistance services to cooperatives and companies, reaching a total of 57,530 producers. We have also opened new avenues for access to finance for 1,547 producers to become sustainable. Additionally, we have backed collaborative agreements on zero-deforestation and inclusion and helped 11 companies better understand their supply chains and build expertise to comply with upcoming sustainability regulations.
Change that Matters Stories
Meet Lucia: Facing Climate Change Head on in the Chaco
Lucía Ruíz is the charismatic leader of Unión y Progreso, a farmer association in the Argentine Chaco biome. Lucia builds with neighbouring farmers a sustainable cattle supply chain in harmony with the forest. Her social and silvopastoral practices do not get unnoticed, as she speaks in regional, national as well as international fora on climate, forest land rights, women empowerment, and livestock as a business.
Julia: a Woman in Mining
Over 5,100 metres above sea level, among strong winds and falling snow, we can find Julia Pomalique. She works in the mountains performing pallaqueo, an artisanal and ancestral way of mining, work now done mainly by women. Thanks to this activity, she and more than 250 women in her association can sustain themselves and their families. She’s a pallaquera and she’s proud of it. However, Julia knows that with that name comes prejudice and systemic discrimination.
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
Innovative Sustainability Solutions
Social Inclusion and Fair Ownership
Improving opportunities for women and artisanal miners
Digital platforms can help to bring solutions to scale and include groups that may otherwise not be reached.
Organization & Governance
Reaching new heights
Growing our team and our borders
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.
Solidaridad South America has exceeded its own-contracted funding goals by executing EUR 7M, nearly double the amount executed in 2021 and 42% more than the budgeted amount for 2022. The increase in funding was primarily due to the negotiation of new funds from JBS, World Economic Forum, The World Bank, GIZ, Kering, Partners of the Americas, and local donors from the public and private sectors. This additional funding enabled us to cover the budget deficit of 64K EUR for 2022, which corresponded to operational costs.
The region has also implemented EUR 2.2K in funds received from Europe, which mainly came from the Dutch Government, and from North America through funds from USAID. However, the former had an under-spent of 31% compared to the budget due to delays in the start of activities.
Expenditures were executed in accordance with the income received.
All information above is pending the auditing process.
The full audited annual statements of 2022 will be added as soon as they are available.