October 26th, 2017 – Solidaridad was selected to hold session on innovative partnerships during the Central American Donors Forum organized by Seattle International Foundation (SIF).
Location: Ciudad de Panamá
The Central America Donors Forum, an initiative of Seattle International Foundation (SIF), is the key networking and learning space to advance philanthropy and development efforts in Central America.
The 2017 meeting, held in Panama City, Panama, brought together over 200 leaders from business, philanthropy, government, and civil society to discuss priority issues and successful models of development, and explore co-investment for social impact.
In the session ‘Speed and Scale: Transforming Agricultural Partnerships for Environmental, Social and Economic Sustainability in Central America’ Moderator, and Honduras Country Manager for Solidaridad Omar Palacios, brought together diverse perspectives from Marco Tulio Figueroa, General Manager of MATUFIRO; Andreas Lehnhoff, Director of World Wildlife Fund Mesoamerica; Jurriaan Middelhoff, Deputy-Ambassador and Counselor for Economic Affairs for the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands to Panamá; and Bernhard Roehrs, Corporate Director of AgroAmérica, to explore how innovate partnership models can transform palm and other sectors by accelerating the uptake of best practices, create unprecedented engagement in private-sector sustainability initiatives, close certification gaps, and bring innovation and improved visibility to Central American farmers, communities and industry.
Mesoamerica is a promising frontier for oil palm expansion as suitable land in Asia becomes increasingly limited and global demand for palm oil grows. Industry, producers, governments, and civil society who depend on agricultural commodities must play a critical role in ensuring the economic, social and environmental sustainability of traditionally mono-cultures crops. This panel made evident the dedication from multiple stakeholders to a more sustainable cultivation of oil palm. At the end of the event Mr. Roehrs said “the experience and enthusiasm of the entire Solidaridad team is very encouraging and necessary to make every day the cultivation of the oil palm more sustainable, social and inclusive”.