Social Responsibility

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Social Responsibility

In rural areas of the countries where we operate, the most vulnerable communities are facing an extremely difficult situation due to the rise in the cost of food, which is imported from the countries that produce the most surplus grain worldwide.

The main economic activity in these rural communities is generally production of maize and other crops under subsistence farming conditions, with very low agricultural productivity. In these conditions, agricultural production is not enough to provide the necessary food for families in these communities, so the deficit must be bought on the market at prices which, as mentioned, are increasingly high.

Since 2006, through a partnership with the organization HELPS International, we have successfully launched a series of projects which have led to dramatically increased agricultural productivity in maize cultivation in many rural communities in Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras. This has enabled them to go from subsistence farming to an agricultural surplus, where agricultural production not only covers the needs of families within the community but also generates a surplus which farmers can sell in local and regional markets, representing income available for the purchase of all sorts of goods and services, thus raising the economic standard of living, and aiding rural development.

In these projects, our agricultural technicians introduce a series of basic farming methods, and additionally provide the farmers with fertilizers and other essential inputs for reaching high levels of agricultural productivity. The results are dramatic, typically tripling crop yield per unit of cultivated area. Together, we call these projects the Maize For All program.

This program was born in Santa Avelina, Quiché in Guatemala in the year 2006. Thanks to its success, it has been replicated in 35 other communities in Guatemala, as well as El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua and Colombia.

COn top of that, in the communities where we have introduced the Maize For All program, we have provided the families of those participating in the program with wood stoves and water purifying filters, thanks to voluntary contributions from many of our partners. The stoves reduce wood consumption by over 70% and avoid burns, respiratory complications and other serious side effects caused by environments with a high concentration of carbon monoxide, which is the case with the open fires traditionally used in homes in these rural communities.

Maize For All