the mif blog

Stories of inspiring entrepreneurs and organizations, discussion and commentary of new trends in private sector development, and the latest events and publications.

Building climate resilience in Haiti, Jamaica and Saint Lucia

By Carlos Sanchez Román

The Caribbean is among the world’s most vulnerable areas to climate change. While this year’s hurricane season has been relatively quiet, farmers, fishers and the region’s tourism operators live under the constant threat that the next storm that might destroy a year’s worth of work. Moreover, the more gradual threat of sea level rise will require a range of actions in order to protect livelihoods and communities.

This is why the MIF’s PROADAPT and the IDB’s Climate Change team have partnered to present three private-sector focused projects in Haiti, Jamaica and Saint Lucia that will leverage the resources of the Pilot Program for Climate Resilience (PPCR).

Engaging the Haitian private sector in climate change resilience: Why communication matters

By Jempsy Fils-Aimé

Last month, I participated in a Climate Change (CC) mission organized by the IDB’s Climate Change and Sustainability Division and the MIF. Our mission’ objective was to initiate a proactive discussion with the local private sector to explore options for their participation in two adaptation programs:

  1. The climate resilience concessional loans pilot program of the Climate Investment Funds (CIFs); and
  2. The MIF’s PRODAPT facility.

Nuevas tecnologías aplicadas a la gestión ambiental: el proyecto fruTIC en Argentina

By Aminta Perez-Gold

Por  Silvia Ibarrola, Líder de Proyectos en la Asociación Cultural para el Desarrollo Integral (ACDI)

fruTIC, proyecto piloto financiado por el FOMIN en el marco del Programa de Innovación en Tecnología de Información y Comunicaciones (TIC) para el Desarrollo de la PyME (ICT4BUS) está expandiendo sus servicios a productores de otras zonas citrícolas del país. El proyecto fue ejecutado por la Asociación de Citricultores de la Concordia en colaboración con la Asociación Cultural para el Desarrollo Integral (ACDI) y el INTA de Concordia, Entre Ríos, para contribuir a fortalecer la competitividad de las MIPyME productoras del sector citrícola argentino. El elemento innovador es el uso de una plataforma de servicios de información para la gestión ambiental que contribuye al mejoramiento de su eficiencia y al cumplimiento de los requisitos del mercado internacional. 

Snapshots of climate change from small businesses in Colombia

By Jennifer Baldwin

Together with the Environment and Clean Energy team at the MIF I was in Bogota, Colombia last week to learn about climate change adaptation for small businesses. The workshop shared the latest climate change science, theory, and philosophical issues. But what really brought the topic down to earth were several interviews with local small businesses in multiple different sectors already being affected by climate change.

Climate Resilience and Value Chains

By Steve Wilson

An increasing number of the world’s largest companies are recognizing their vulnerability to climate change and are acting to improve the climate resilience of their firms and value chains.  In addition, companies are beginning to see business opportunities related to the need for greater climate resilience.  

A recent publication of the Partnership for Resilience and Environmental Preparedness (PREP), “Value Chain Climate Resilience: A Guide to Managing Climate Impacts in Companies and Communities,” outlines a “value chain approach” to building climate resilience in firms and local communities. The PREP group is comprised of large global companies with extended value chains or with a compelling business interest in value chains, such as the reinsurance industry. Many of the firms in their value chains are small companies. The report was prepared by Acclimatise, Oxfam America, and BSR, on behalf of PREP members.