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Sostenibilidad en el negocio del café, COOPEDOTA y el camino hacia la carbono neutralidad.

By Lorena Mejicanos Rios



Una producción más amigable con el ambiente y menos intensa en carbono, es uno de los mayores retos del sector privado, particularmente del sector agrícola por su uso y dependencia en los recursos naturales y por su significativa contribución en la generación de gases de efecto invernadero. La producción de café, uno de los productos básicos agrícolas más importantes de la región, presenta este gran desafío. 

Para aprender de este nuevo tema, presentamos el proceso seguido por la Cooperativa de Caficultores de Dota R.L. (COOPEDOTA), ubicada en Costa Rica, para lograr su certificación carbono neutral (C-Neutral) en el 2012, siendo el primer productor de café certificado del mundo. Veremos que esto fue posible después de varios años de trabajo y al constante empeño de la empresa por mejorar su calidad y sistema de gestión, para alcanzar una mayor eficiencia y un mejor posicionamiento en el 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.

2012: A Year at the MIF

By Anonym


As the Multilateral Investment Fund prepares to celebrate its 20th anniversary in 2013, General Manager Nancy Lee reviews some of the MIF’s 2012 highlights, from ambitious new initiatives to informative events and publications.

El Fondo Multilateral de Inversiones se prepara para celebrar su 20 aniversario en 2013. En este contexto, Nancy Lee, Gerente General del FOMIN, discute lo más destacado de este año dentro de la organización y comparte en esta entrada de blog desde nuevas iniciativas hasta eventos y publicaciones de alto impacto que marcaron nuestro trabajo en el 2012.

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.  

Can small businesses help conserve biodiversity?

By Jennifer Baldwin


By Jennifer Baldwin

Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) is a biodiversity “superpower” according to a recent report from the United Nations. From tropical rainforests to coral reefs, to high-altitude plains to vast savannas, this region contains a variety of unique ecosystems that support a stunning diversity of flora and fauna. Many small producers and businesses in the region are dependent upon this endowment of natural capital for their livelihoods. But growing natural resource consumption and infrastructure expansion threatens these ecosystems and their inhabitants.

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