Optimizing value chains of palm heart, cashew nut, passion fruit

Brazil: AVC development for biodiversity-based products

2017-02/ Agricultural value chain (AVC) promotion can enhance producer countries' employment and SME opportunities, and also play a role for biodiversity valuation. For biodiversity-based products it has tangible relevance. In Brazil, ECO had a chance to elaborate, together with executives, how GIZ's ValueLinks methodology can be profitably applied to domestic settings.

In a context of direct practical applicability – the RECA Project in Nova California that centers on such biodiversity-based products as palm heart, cashew nut and passion fruit – the training of trainers brought together 15 experienced national trainers and consultants. ECO Consult provided guidance in the planning and implementation of training events based on ValueLinks 2.0, from concept development to facilitation techniques, and in the elaboration of value chain studies based on VL2.0. 

In another event 60 participants learned about potential tools for value chain assessments and about technical elements for the planning of value chain projects and the integration of VL2.0 in public policy processes. Technical workshops complemented the theoretical parts.

ValueLinks 2.0 offers a systematic compilation of action-oriented methods for promoting economic development with a value chain perspective. It provides essential know-how on ways to enhance employment and the business income of micro and small-sized enterprises and farmers by promoting the value chains they are operating in.

Introductory training seminar for GIZ project in India

Making ValueLinks 2.0 work for the banana sector

2017-01/ GIZ's ValueLinks 2.0 methodology is also applicable to food logistics in India. In a 5-day introductory training seminar in Bangalore ECO Consult together with 15 multipliers and staff of the Indo-German "Green Logistics Project" ("Sustainable Supply Chains for Perishables into Cities") conducted a mapping, analysis and identification of opportunities for improvement of greens and banana logistics. Based among others, on a field trip and personal interviews with stakeholders in the banana market, a Business Model Canvas was developed for banana chips. The workshop was organized together with the local partner.

ValueLinks 2.0 offers a systematic compilation of action-oriented methods for promoting economic development with a value chain perspective. It provides essential know-how on ways to enhance employment and the business income of micro and small-sized enterprises and farmers by promoting the value chains they are operating in.

Environmental messages made by young people for young people

Youth Forum during COP 13 in Mexico

2017-01/ Since 2015 ECO Consult has implemented in cooperation with WWF Mexico the work line "Communication and dissemination" of the project "Assessment of ecosystem services in natural protected areas (EcoValor MX)", by the Federal Ministry for the Environment's International Climate Initiative (BMUB-IKI). One of our main target groups are young people, representing the future generation of decision makers. The Youth Forum, taking place immediately prior to the start of the 13th Conference of the Parties (COP 13) to the CBD, was the ideal platform to present some of the innovative communication products, supported by the project.

In December 2016 the international community's representatives for biodiversity conservation came together in Cancún/ Mexico for the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (COP 13). Prior to the conference several meetings and special events had taken place, among them the Forum "Civil Society and Youth Alliances for Mainstreaming Biodiversity to Well-being" (28-30 November 2016).

During the past year the work line "Communication and dissemination" of the GIZ project EcoValor MX, implemented by ECO Consult together with WWF Mexico, initiated an extensive work with young people from the Mexican metropolis. The objective consists in raising awareness of future decision makers for the importance of protected areas and of the multiple ecosystem services they provide in order to promote their commitment for nature conservation.

In October the project started a series of workshops bringing together artists and students. Based on the perceptions and ideas of the young people they jointly produced creative and innovative communication products: The song "Venas secas" ("Dry Veins" also available on Spotify), an animated video clip and materials for social networks. These products were presented during the Forum to a broad audience and earned applause by the participants.

During a second event, EcoValor MX supported the award for the best academic thesis related to the topics of protected areas and ecosystem services. Previously, the National Commission of Natural Protected Areas (CONANP), together with GIZ, had launched a call for theses among Mexican students.
All communication materials developed by the project can be found on the project website: http://www.ecovalor.mx/2017/. For more information contact  Johanna Kirchner