Our Approach To Sustainability
Burke Agro de Nicaragua, S.A. (Burke Agro) is Sol Organica's agriculture development branch. It is made up of a dedicated team of agronomists focused on improving sustainable farming practices with smallholder farmers, as well as with other suppliers, to ensure quality, productivity, certifications and a consistent and transparent purchase process.
What We Do
Burke Agro's team of agronomists is responsible for hosting weekly workshops and training programs for farmers, monitoring yields and productivity, and providing recommendations for improvements. The results of these actions are increased income and improved livelihoods for smallholder farming families.
As a result of the company’s integrated farmer development program, farming families now realize the importance of the sustainability of their land and value the opportunity for future generations to have access to productive and healthy farms.
Why We Do It
According to the World Bank, Nicaragua is the second poorest country in the western hemisphere with almost 48% of its population living on less than $1 per day. Many parts of Nicaragua are characterized by high levels of inequality with limited access to basic services such as water and electricity.
A severe lack of jobs and education in rural areas coupled with smallholder farmers’ inability to compete in the global market has created a perpetual cycle of poverty in many farming communities.
Sol Organica is working to change those statistics by offering farmers financial training workshops, opening bank accounts for individual farmers and cooperatives, paying above market value for crops, and offering jobs to single mothers in rural communities.
Regenerative Organic Agriculture: The Growing Revolution
Regenerative agriculture is a holistic approach to food, farming, and ranching systems that rejects pesticides and artificial fertilizers while focusing on soil health and the wellbeing of animals, workers, and farming communities.
In 2017, a coalition of agriculture and food system leaders united to address the issues of soil depletion, global warming, and climate change within our food system. The result of these conversations was a certificate that leverages existing high-bar organic, animal welfare, and regenerative requirements into one: the Regenerative Organic Certification (ROC).
Sol Organica's Regenerative Agriculture Program
Sol Organica was invited to participate in the first ever Regenerative Organic Certification pilot program, which began in the summer of 2018. Our regenerative agriculture program focuses on rebuilding organic matter in soils, restoring biodiversity, carbon drawdown and increasing farm productivity while continuing to foster the growth and well-being of our Nicaraguan farming communities.
We are honored to have been selected for this ground-breaking program that will set new industry standards and change the way consumers and businesses view responsible sourcing, sustainable farming, and ethical business practices.
Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org to discover how we can partner together on your regenerative agriculture project or visit regenorganic.org to learn more about the Regenerative Organic Certification.