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Please join us for our first talk of 2014 presented by Gustavo Hernandez Polanco, Country Director at Heifer International Guatemala.
If you attended Greg's sourcing talk on Guatemalan Cacao, you'll know that while cacao has grown in Guatemala it has not been exporting cacao to the US and only recently sent out its first container in many years. Heifer Guatemala has recently expanded their efforts in Guatemala to include projects in cacao. Please join us to learn more about Heifer Guatemala and their new cacao project.
HEIFER INTERTNATIONAL & CACAO
Heifer Guatemala has the impact goal of improving cacao-growing families’ quality of life by increasing their profitability. This includes taking actions oriented toward overcoming the main challenges facing cacao-growing families: increasing productivity and quality, reducing cacao-growing families’ vulnerabilities to climate change and fluctuations in cacao market, strengthening business alliances, increasing families’ food security.
GUSTAVO HERNANDEZ POLANCO, Country Director, Heifer International Guatemala
Gustavo joined Heifer International in September 2010, he is currently working to increase program quality, expand and strengthen strategic alliances, find new funding sources, position HPIG as a cattle/family NGO, but mainly supporting and strengthening rural economies and social movements from the viewpoint of food sovereignty.
Born and raised in Guatemala City, Gustavo is 51 years old, married and has 3 children, two girls and one boy. He obtained his Masters MA in Sustainable Development Management from the Autonomous University (AUM) of Madrid in Spain, has a BA in Sociology - School of Political Science, San Carlos University of Guatemala; and is fully bilingual English –Spanish. He began to work in development programs in 1985. He works for international and national NGOs (World Vision, CARE, United Nations for Development - UNDP, European Union) also he was consultant for Presidence and Vicepresidence of Guatemala Government.
Heifer International works with communities of need to end hunger and poverty and care for the Earth. Since 1944, Heifer has helped 20.7 million families—105 million people—in more than 125 countries to become self-determining and self-reliant through values-based interventions of livestock, seeds, trees, training and technology. We work with a rapidly growing group of smallholder farmers, mostly women, to inspire agro-ecological productivity, biodiversity, financial security and health; to connect them to viable markets so they contribute to and benefit from agricultural value chains and thus create the surplus needed to feed the world.
Our partnerships with families and communities last from three to five years to ensure resilience and durability, and the transformation continues as each family pledges to pass on the first-born female offspring of their animal, with training, to another family. This Passing on the Gift® shifts the communities we work with from being recipients to donors. The deep psychological transformation is remarkable. Yet, it is but one tenet of our Cornerstones for Just and Sustainable Development, which aims to create social justice and build social capital through values such as gender equity, full participation, accountability, nutrition and income, improved animal management, improving the environment and training.
For more on Heifer International check out http://www.heifer.org/