The global fruit trade truly does impact the rural communities beyond just creating jobs. This is demonstrated in Peru where producers are taking their social responsibility very seriously. They host impactful programs aimed at uplifting communities, from pre-school and school- going children to adults in often remote rural communities. Here is a summary of the recent activities by a few of the companies who all use the benefits of their global fruit exports and trading to benefit local communities.
A lot of the efforts were made through the programmes of the Association For Sustainable Agricultural Development – Adas. It is an association of agricultural companies, which seeks to impact their community through joint work between the Community, the State and Private Company’s across Peru.
Don Ricardo Farming, in Ica Peru, shared the joy with more than 250 children from 3 to 5 years old, from areas near their farms. This was done through children's shows to encourage the practice of bio-security protocols and healthy habits.
As part of the program, they distributed kits containing healthy snacks and masks to children in entry-level schools in the population centers: La Máquina and Santa Bárbara in the district of La Tinguiña; and, in Santa Rosa, Pampa de la Isla and Galagarza in the San José de los Molinos District.
“We love to share the best with our community! On this occasion, Don Ricardo together with the company TALSA Agroexport shared nutritious avocados with 300 students and teachers from the educational institutions of Santa Bárbara, Señor de Luren and La Máquina in the district of La Tinguiña, as well as in Santa Rosa in the District of San José de los Molinos,” reported the company.
Hortifrut in Peru participated in the "Anemia Zero" program, this time as a guild through ADAS Perú. They managed to screen more than 600 children in Nuevo Chao and Valle de Dios of which a third were diagnosed with childhood anaemia and are already within the program.
“At Hortifrut we are happy to be a part of programs that contribute to the well-being of our community,” the company stated.
Camposol was also part of the #AnemiaCero program to fight against childhood anemia and had their Wawa Wasi Rayito de Sol, which is five face-to-face workshops for the youngest children of their workers.
Grupo Cerro Prieto participated in the Zero Anemia project too. Through these programs, they take action to promote proper development in the communities where they operate, and where they still find anemia in children. “Together we can make sure that they have more opportunities and are able to dream of a better future,” the company commented.
Complejo Agroindustrial Beta S.A. in Ica, Peru conducted medical campaigns. The activities were carried out in coordination with the local authorities and they managed to attend and provide services of general medicine, dentistry, obstetrics, psychology and nutrition in different communities across Peru.
The communities in which they were present to deliver the services include, Huasimal and Cruz Verde – Piura, Tomasita – Lambayeque and La Venta and Santa Cruz – Ica, Peru.
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