Food Security and Climate Change, Galapagos
We launched a cooperation with the Provincial Government of the Galapagos (the state government) in October 2017 that seeks to provide agricultural support to improve food security and reduce carbon footprint.
Crop Rotation : to increase soil productivity as well as to avoid market saturation. In other words, when to grow what, and how to sell it.
Soil and Water Analysis: to increase productivity and understand ground water flows on the slopes of Sierra Negra Volcano.
Greenhouses: to construct four greenhouses over four years on different farms in the highlands of Isabela. With these greenhouses, farmers will be able to plant any crop year round, stagger their planting for less competition between farmers, evenly distribute production throughout the year for Isabela’s inhabitants, and offer a steadier income for these rural families.
Livestock Improvement: to improve cattle reproduction in ways that produce healthier livestock, and high-quality meat.
Local Fisheries: to increase locally-produced seafood and decrease dependence on imports. We are working with the Galapagos state government to provide capacity training for the Isabela Fishing Cooperative.
Sector Development for Artisanal Products: to help local farmers and growers break into additional lines of income such as the lucrative market of artisanal food items such as marmalades and beef jerky. The basic ingredients already exist on the island, and the vertical integration potential is great.
These efforts are specifically designed to make Isabela more sustainable, less dependent on mainland supplies, less vulnerable to inevitable elemental changes that affect food production and growth, and reduce the carbon footprint of cargo shipments.