A recent global summit in South Africa served as a good reminder of our own institutional history in funding community philanthropy in Latin America.
In El Salvador, vermicomposting is a hands-on activity for Jorge Martín of IAF grantee partner alum Fundación para el Fomento de Empresas de Recolección y Tratamiento Ambiental de los Desechos Sólidos de Ilopango (ABAILOPONGO).
Quilombo Santana, a community of African descendants who share a common history, heritage and territory, is one of about 25 quilombolas in the state of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. IAF support to Federação das Industrias do Estado do Rio de Janeiro (FIRJAN) helped to finance project activities in Santana that included building a wheel allowing delivery of water for irrigation and household use.
Today is UNESCO’s World Radio Day, and we participate at the Inter-American Foundation (IAF) by celebrating our grantee partners whose grassroots efforts fuel change in their communities using radio as their medium.
The IAF Fellowship Program supports dissertation field research throughout Latin America and the Caribbean on grassroots development topics. Amanda Fulmer, an IAF Fellow in 2009-2010, conducted field research on the democratization process in Peru and Guatemala.
Getting coca producers to switch to cultivating coffee, sugarcane or other crops is critical to the peace agenda in Cauca, Colombia.
Mexican IAF grantee partner Centro Campesino para el Desarrollo Sustentable A.C. (CAMPESINO) supports economic development in the state of Tlaxcala to ensure a more reliable food supply by providing approximately 80 farmers access to working capital, loans and training in conservation practices, management and agro-ecological techniques.
The afro-descendants of the Caribbean coast of Costa Rica created a rich agroecological system called cacaotal — or cacao-culture.
Mexican IAF grantee partner Unión de Productores Orgánicos Beneficio Majomut Sociedad de Producción Rural de Responsabilidad Limitada (Majomut) helps small producers get the best possible prices for their high quality coffee harvests.
In Brazil, an Inter-American Foundation (IAF) grantee partner is using a challenging but unique way to try and manage stocks of the pirarucu fish and ensure not only that the species survives, but to continue to be a source of food and income for the communities that depend on it.