Dateline Paraguay: Provision of Resources

In 2009, an alliance between Fundación Moises Bertoni (FMB), The United States Agency for International Development, and Desarrollo Agrícola del Paraguay (DAP) implemented the Alianza para el Desarrollo Sostenible de San Pedro Norte project. This project allows 500 poor families to be trained in better agricultural practices, technology development and implementation, and access to financial markets, among other activities.

After three years, the alliance realized that one key element was missing — the ability for the families to develop and add value to their production. With the Monsanto Fund’s investment to help create a processing facility, the families will now be able to better respond to market demands as well as deploy alternative crop rotation.

This approach, in turn, will help consolidate another collaborative initiative from FMB, DAP and other key stakeholders like Monsanto. The initiative includes promoting knowledge and market access, financing alternatives, and community engagement for rural families.

Learning by Doing Helps Young Women in Paraguay

The belief that young women from any ethnic group and social or economic condition can succeed through effort and perseverance is the motivating force behind a rural technical and agricultural school in Paraguay.

The Centro Educativo Mbaracayú of the Fundación Moisés Bertoni offers young women the ability “to learn by doing,” and these efforts are supported with $40,000 from the Monsanto Fund to help purchase furniture, teaching and research materials, and modern technology equipment.

Fifty-one students completed the first-year subjects — learning skills necessary to obtain jobs that pay fair wages and contribute to the self-sustainability of the center through agriculturally related “businesses,” such as a vegetable garden and the production of cow milk, eggs and pigs.