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S-ROI Webinar: Assessing Social Impact from Investing

When May 17, 2018
from 01:00 PM to 02:00 PM
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Webinar #3: Assessing Present And Future Impacts of International Development Support To Central American Smallholder Growers: S-ROI to assess the broader social impact from investing in La Red partner Vista Volcanes 

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Vista Volcanes, a Guatemalan SME, has developed a mesh greenhouse and associated ‘paquete tecnológico’ with materials and training, provided to participating growers in Guatemala and El Salvador with support from La Red de Innovación e Impacto.This work uses the multifaceted S-ROI approach, incorporating economic, societal and environmental elements to assess the program's impact. We find that the program has significantly improved life cycle environmental impacts by sharply increasing crop yield and obviating the need for pesticides. Risks are found to be minimal and impacts on the participants are expected to be beneficial. Participating growers and the environment benefit most.

In addition to dramatic increases in grower income, decreases in frequency of crop failure, and significantly lower environmental impacts, the Program increases food security and provides additional resiliency through intended crop diversification and market-driven improvements in working conditions. A preliminary review of the assessment process suggests that there is significant value despite the additional effort required, as direct stakeholder input yields additional insights that inform project scope and modeling, and improves data quality. The results contribute to a more nuanced understanding of the intersection between agricultural investment and rural poverty alleviation, in part by helping to identify potential hot spots and benefits, such as gaps in policy among the border countries and advantages from including training. The work also yields a clearer picture of investment and policy implications, supporting ‘suite of tools’ approaches to assess the holistic value of investment and thus contributing to improved decision-making processes for long term sustainability.

Presenter: Caroline Taylor, PhD, Director of Research & Development, EarthShift Global 

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Hosted by Earthshift Global, this series of webinars highlights and explores outcomes and assessment of La Red de Innovación e Impacto, a network of scalable solutions in Latin America that magnify the benefits of local small business growth across sectors, support local communities, and stimulate impact investment.

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