ONE BANANA has implemented different actions for the efficient use and management of water in their plantations, as a commitment to guarantee sustainability as a key pillar of development.
Part of these actions is joining the World Water Day established by the United Nations in 1993, with the aim to achieve UN’s Sustainable Development Goal 6 (https://www.un.org/sustainabledevelopment/) on ensuring the availability and sustainable management of water.
Below are the different actions that ONE BANANA has implemented:
- ONE BANANA has invested in reservoirs to capture water during the winter for use in irrigation when climate conditions require it. In total, ONE BANANA has 18 reservoirs with water storage capacity of 1,463,000m3; 386,260,733 gallons and 1,462,155,930 liters.
Currently, the irrigation technologies used have led to a 50% reduction in the use of water in the plantations. These technologies involve TDR, probes and micro-spraying to sample and measure humidity in real time and to optimize irrigation.
- ONE BANANA participates actively in 7 technical river basin working groups in the Southern and Southwestern Coast of Guatemala. These are an effort by all stakeholders in business, government and civil society for the purpose of promoting rational and efficient use of rivers, mitigating the impact of floods, mapping social stakeholders and users, promoting dialogue and obtaining information on flows through the Private Institute on Climate Change (www.icc.org.gt)
- ONE BANANA has built local capacity in the communities where it operates to respond to the climatic phenomena that affect the world: decreased rainfall, higher temperatures and lower river water levels:
- ONE BANANA has trained more than 80 community leaders and workers for 88 hours to implement Local Response Coordination Systems for the management and prevention of natural disasters in partnership with the National Coordinator for Disaster Reduction (www.conred.gob.gt)
- Two certification courses on community adaptation to climate change were carried out in which more than 60 community leaders and workers were trained during 112 hours on topics of integrated basin management, adaptation to climate change, risk management and natural disasters. This was done in partnership with the Private Institute on Climate (www.icc.org.gt)
About ONE BANANA:
Our vision is to be a world-class agribusiness company devoted to delivering high-quality food with the highest international standards to its customers and the world, and to contribute to the socio-economic development of the region where we operate.
We have become one of the largest agribusiness corporations in the region, with operations in the United States, Ecuador, Guatemala, Peru, Panama, Costa Rica, Mexico and Europe. We provide employment to more than 13,000 men and women who contribute to the socio-economic development of their respective countries.