COOPEDUC - Project: "Promotion of cooperative importance in the Rural Development of Guaira".
ALLIANCE MBOHAPY "Promote rural development and ensure the competitiveness of Cooperativa COOPEDUC to identify strategies for change and provide alternative income to members in vulnerable areas"

Fifth Stage: Follow-up of the Mbohapy project in the region of influence of the Cooperative Branch in the town of Iturbe (Borja, Iturbe and San Salvador).

FLACSO: Sectoral strategic plan for agricultural and rural statistics (PESEAR) in Paraguay.

Latin American Solidarity Foundation: Case Study Estimation of carbon footprints in soybean producing farms.
The objective of the consultancy was to develop case studies to estimate the carbon footprint of farms of soybean producers, evaluate and internalize the European Union Biofuels Sustainability criteria and the tools available within the network. Establishing a visit to producers and data collection processing them and generating individual reports for each case study to be processed by ADM.

PNUD-SAS: National consultancy for Quality of Life Index (ICV) and incorporation of environmental variables, to be applied by the Secretariat of Social Action (SAS). Proposed Multidimensional Poverty Index for Paraguay.

UNIQUE WOOD: Feasibility Study of protected areas and biodiversity, Paraguay.
Within the planned activities, the review and validation of the pre-feasibility study, definition of the institutional organization and financial architecture of the project was carried out as well as the definition of the details regarding its implementation.


COOPEDUC- Project: "Promotion of cooperative importance in the Rural Development of Guaira".
ALLIANCE MBOHAPY "Promote rural development and ensure the competitiveness of Cooperativa COOPEDUC to identify strategies for change and provide alternative income to members in vulnerable areas"

Fourth stage: Support in the development of the selected chains of the region of influence of the Cooperative Branch in the town of Iturbe (Borja, Iturbe and San Salvador.

DGRV - Re-engineering and rural development for Iturbe partners: 1) Technical and agricultural assistance. 2) Development of credit assessment structure.

IFAD: 8 articles on experiences of Family Farming in Paraguay.
With focus on:
Technological: a technology for AF to produce a specific item.
Organization of the production: with data on how much it does produces, production cycle, importance in economy of the families, infrastructure required, etc. If it is for self-consumption and the surplus is sold or if it is an income item.
Commercial: Who needs it, where it is sold, how it is integrated into a value chain. Identifying the experience of a family.

PAYCO: Preparation of a project proposal for integrated management of pests and diseases for the main cash crops (soy, corn and wheat in winter) of PAYCO in Golondrina, located in the department of Caazapa.
Among the activities developed are:

  • The review and implementation of crop planning, planting system, production method and technology used in different crops.
  • Review of the comparative productive potential according to the soil type and the agro ecological zone of Golondrina.
  • Review of types, dosage, quantities and characteristics of production inputs such as variables, seeds, fertilizers, agro-defensive in relation and comparison to the best practices of known crops.
Review of the monitoring and application protocols of the agro-defensives.


CORA: Prepare a Strategic Plan for the Organization Cañeros Orgánicos Asociados (CORA).
Prepare a plan of use of funds to be provided by Fairtrade USA. The Plan will be used as a roadmap for the investments to be made.
Specific objectives:
• Prepare the Plan for the Use of funds for the resources coming from Fairtrade.
• Validate with the CORA Board of Directors the feasibility of carrying out the activities contained in the Plan.
Develop the main activities of each of the selected actions for the use of funds.

COOPEDUC - Project: "Promotion of cooperative importance in the Rural Development of Guaira"
Third stage: Planning of the chains to be developed in the pilot territory, monitoring and intermediate evaluation.
The planning of the chains to be developed in the pilot territory was carried out. Intermediate evaluation of the implementation of the strategic plan.

DGRV: Project: “Promotion of cooperative importance in the Rural Development of Guaira”
Cooperation: ALLIANCE MBOHAPY “Promote rural development and ensure the competitiveness of Cooperativa COOPEDUC to identify strategies for change and provide alternative income to members in vulnerable areas”.
The objective of the project is that families where COOPEDUC has a main role get to be trained in Value Chains and competitiveness assurance of the co-op through the enlargement of their services and the inclusion of new members.
As a first step, originally a market research was conducted where enterprises and businessman, technical and financial services suppliers were contacted to gather information, and additionally a field survey with member producers was held.
Moreover, a workshop was conducted with producer-members of COOPEDUC, directors, local government authorities, businessman, DGRV and A-Fines to promote alternative Value Chains to the sugar cane.
The documents elaborated are a collection of selected value chains to the development, reports about advising and an institutional Job Safety Analysis (JSA). As the final step is the strategic and operative planning of the Value Chains.

Latin American Solidarity Foundation: Project: Cost estimate for farmlands alignment to environmental standards and of sustainable production for medium and large-sized Soybean producers.
The objective of this study was to identify the situation about legal compliance of environmental standards and plant-protection products standards of soybean producers in Paraguay, to the alignment of them. For this purpose, surveys were designed and conducted with 12 producers distributed in 4 Departments: Canindeyú, Alto Paraná, Itapúa and Caazapá, classified in medium (with lands between 100 and 500 ha) and large-sized (with lands higher than 500 ha). Collected data was processed and analyzed in order to submit 12 case studies with their respective results about legal compliance and proposals for the alignment.

International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD): Writing articles for the monthly bulletin for the Regional Program: FIDA MERCOSUR
Since 2008, members of the team of A-Fines have write articles related to agriculture and livestock in Paraguay and innovations abroad that can be applied in Paraguay, that are published in the Monthly Bulletin of the Regional Program: FIDA MERCOSUR.

Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) Paraguay: Vegetable Value Chain Study at the area of Capitán Miranda, Colonias Unidas and Encarnación
This study was conducted under the Project of Rural Development for the reinforcement of the Territorial Management System in Itapúa and Caazapá (KATUPYRY), where the Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock (MAG) and the Treasury Ministry (MH) were in charge jointed with the technical assistance of the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA). Within this study it were included an analysis of supplies and demands in the production at Capitán Miranda, an strategic Plan of the reinforcement of the Value Chain in Itapúa and a Feasibility study of the set-up of a Storage Center or other alternatives.
To achieve the objectives, potential items for mass-market were selected and, a census and preliminary mapping of the vegetable producers at Capitán Miranda were done. With the gathered information, for the data collection of the supply, surveys were conducted to 30 producers and 3 producers associations, in order to verify the financial situation and the facilities that they owned. Through the demand, surveys were conducted to key players at the markets of Encarnación Capitán Miranda and Colonias Unidas to identify the main sales channels. With the gathered information a Value Chain was designed applying the methodology of Value links.
In the end, solutions were proposed for the reinforcement of the market from producers at Capitán Miranda and through a Feasibility study of the set-up of a Storage Center or a Sales Office for the support of producers.

Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) Paraguay: Final Evaluation Study of the project to strengthen and consolidate the production and use of improved sesame seeds for small producers in Paraguay.
Under the criteria of Relevance, Effectiveness, Efficiency, Impact and sustainability.
The evaluation of the progress, effect and impact of the implemented activities taking as a starting point the Baseline Study of the Project and considering the economic and social aspects of the target group.

Universidad San Carlos/Xcala/IBD: Diagnose study for the promotion of an Angel investors and Agribusiness Entrepreneurs Network in Paraguay.
The aim of the study was to analyze the Paraguayan enterprising ecosystem, and in particular, to identify the conditions that can promote an Angel investors and Agribusiness Entrepreneurs Network. Likewise, recognize the state of the art in the development of the regional enterprising ecosystem and angel funds networks.
For that purpose, it was carried out a study of supplies and demands of Angel Funds where we identified and characterized in every single case the key players, to whom were as well consulted about their expectations regarding to the establishment of an Angel investors in Agribusiness Network.

On the supplies side, interviews to the private sector were conducted, while on the demand side, public and private stakeholders that can support agribusiness via entrepreneurs support programs were interviewed.


Paraguay Orgánico Program
In order to develop an engaging platform that promotes organic production and enhances this industry, A-Fines did a strategic assessment for the program financed by ICCO Foundation, in the implementation, coordination and following-up of the projects.
For the conformation of the platform we worked jointed with enterprises, producers organizations and NGO’s, through a workshop where opportunities and deficiencies of the organic production industry were identified, for the improvement of the Value Chains of the sector and the establishment of strategic partnerships.

Latin American Solidarity Foundation – UNICOOP: Application of the tool “Guía Horizonte Rural (HR)” (Rural Horizon Guide) within the framework of the UniSol project: Sustainable Agriculture.
The objective was to train members of co-ops affiliated to the Central UNICOOP about environmental standards and good agricultural practices (GAP) for sustainable grain yield.
To that end, planning, coordination and development of trainings for members of six co-ops affiliated with UNICOOP were held, we helped 275 producers with the fulfilling of the Guide HR (self-evaluation about management of social aspects, economic aspects and environmental aspects related to the soy crop) and at the end a diagnose and the elaboration of reports were held, for 6 co-ops including an analysis of the situation, recommendations and ground plans (environmental, social and economic) for the full alignment to the standards by producers that are members.

International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD): Documentary series Cycle “Sin Fronteras: oportunidades en el Sur Rural de América” (Without borders: opportunities in the Rural South at America), (video).
Produced within the framework of the partnership agreement between UCAR, the FIDA MERCOSUR Program, CLAEH and IICA, this documentary series seeks to communicate successful experiences and testimonies of the family farming highlighting good practices, experiences of association, participation of the women, incorporation of technologies, among other issues.
A-Fines acted as technical assistant in the elaboration of the videos made in Paraguay.

Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) Paraguay: Project of Rural Development for the reinforcement of the Territorial Management System in Itapúa and Caazapá (KATUPYRY)
Under the frame of this Project, A-Fines conducted a market research of products sugar cane based products and other items of the family farming. Also, directed an economic feasibility and viability study for the restart of 6 industrial plants of sugar cane based products at Northeast Itapúa.
To carry out the project, documents were analyzed and personal interviews were held with producers, public bodies, universities, co-ops, enterprises related to the industry and technicians of the area.
As results potential markets were identified, specific trade possibilities were arranged and we concluded that only 2 industries were economically profitable. For that reason, a partnership came out between the 4 plants that weren’t profitable with the other 2, with the purpose of the growing and achieve of competitiveness of them.

KfW Bankengruppe: Analysis of Biodiversity and Protected Areas and Elaboration of the Project Profile of KfW Bankengruppe.
Aiming to expose the conditions of biodiversity and Protected Areas from Paraguay an analysis was carried out and it involved the following aspects:

  • Outline of the characteristics, main threats, contribution to ecosystem services and priorities on biodiversity conservation and strategies and policies for conservation.
  • Outline of the characteristics, level of significance, effectiveness, issues, conservation gaps, potential improvements for the National System of Protected Wildlife Areas (SINASIP) and major conflicts regarding to protected areas, especially considering land rights.
  • Analysis of the legal framework, of standards, of public policies, of conservation strategies, of effectiveness of the public institutions and of the funding regarding to Protected Areas and biodiversity conservation, sectorial and institutional wide.
From the Tropical Forests Conservation Fund (TFCF) came out a study and an analysis of the legal and standards basis, of the governance structure and of the performance on the implementation of the debt swap funds with USA. Thus, an analysis was held of viability of the implementation of a project under the framework of the financial cooperation, understating of political will of the Government (SEAM, DGP, Treasury Ministry) to implement financial cooperation funds through the TFCF and joint projects with USADI to evaluate a German financial cooperation under the legal-regulatory framework from the TFCF.

PAYCO: Rice Chain Study The feasibility for potential markets was established, we evaluated input costs, technology implementation and crop management; design of the installation of a rice mill, options of suppliers of machines and equipment, and their maintenance; an economic and financial evaluation of the feasibility of the agribusiness project was held, environmental impact assessment, proposals of mitigation activities, staff selection, training units needed to set local capacities.


GIZ (ex-GTZ): Project: Inclusion of family farming in Value Chains: Sustainable Management of Natural Resources. The proposal of this project was to achieve the integration of the farms into the Value Chains and economic development of the Peasant Family Farming. This involved the training of technical officers in conceptual and methodological capacities in Value Chains, the development of facilitation skills, leadership, entrepreneurship, communication and team work to extension officers of the Direction of Agricultural Extension (DEAg)-Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock (MAG) and the establishment of a strategy so that the beneficiaries can be agents of change capable of initiating their own business with a global approach.
GIZ (ex-GTZ): Baseline of beneficiary producers of the “Sustainable Management of Natural Resources Program (PMRN)” in Paraguay.
This project aimed to obtain a baseline of middle and small producers that were assisted by the DEAg, in order they can be assisted according to their particular necessities. To accomplish it, surveys and interviews were designed and held and data about the situation of producers in 5 departments: Concepción, Caaguazú, Caazapá, Paraguarí and San Pedro, was collected and systematized. As axes were considered data about conservation agriculture, economic income, women participation, participation of city halls and technical officers of the DEAg training in sustainable agriculture.


ICCO/AGRO: Consolidation of the national organic and agro-ecological sector, through advocacy in public policies, strengthening of representative groups and training to technicians of family agriculture.



GIZ (ex-GTZ): Assessment in the “Sustainable Management of Natural Resources Program (PMRN)” in Paraguay, Technical Cooperation GIZ-MAG.
In order to conclude the PMRN satisfactorily to start the final stages, we assessed and accompanied the GIZ and the MAG in the intermediate process between the ending of the program stage and the beginning of the new Technical and Financial cooperation stage of the program planned for 2013.
ICCO: “Rural Financial Services” Program
The elaboration of the program involved the internal evaluation of the achievements. Also, we supported in the financial resources management and in the monitoring and evaluation of the projects financed by ICCO in coordination with other programs, under the frame of the Fair and Sustainable Economic Development Program of ICCO in Paraguay..


Action Against Hunger: Project: Strategic and Engaging Planning for the Cooperatives Ycuá Bolaños of Caazapá and Capiibary of San Juan Nepomuceno.
The purpose of the consulting was to give a plan for both cooperatives that can help them as a roadmap to where they aim, to achieve an improvement and increase. For that, we worked based on the following objectives:

  • Defining the working fields
  • Establishment of the annual goals
  • Elaborating operative plans by working fields
  • Adjustment of the internal management system for each of the cooperatives
Engagement workshops were held with managers, employees and major members in order to collect data, present the necessities and identify the steps to achieve their goals. As a result, a Manual of strategic and operational plan was handed.
International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD): Survey of Potential Value Chains in the FIDA IV Project: Initial studies of previous investments of FIDA Paraguay.
With the objective of identifying potential Value Chains of the previous investments of FIDA study, a survey was held within the framework of Value Chains. For this purpose, there were interviews and workshops, developed with the main players (enterprises, NGO’s and government organisms) of 8 chains related to family farming. With the analyses of the collected data, chains finally were merged into one that was the basis for the development of the project that afterwards was called Paraguay Inclusivo.


GIZ (ex-GTZ): Closure evaluation of the “Sustainable Management of Natural Resources Program (PMRN)” in Paraguay.
Aiming to assess achievements of the PMRN, we conducted the design, collecting, processing and analysis of the program beneficiary’s surveys. It also included the systematization of the recorded information in preceding surveys.
ICCO: Coordination and implementation of the Fair and Sustainable Economic Development Program of ICCO in Paraguay.
The purpose of it was the identification of key players at the organic production national wide for the economic development of organic products in Paraguay.
A-Fines was in charge of the coordination, management and operation of resources for the development of the organic agriculture and ecological agriculture, collecting data from around 4000 producers related to this type of production. In addition, surveys were conducted to organizations of producers, co-ops, NGO’s, government organisms and enterprises with activities related to the industry. A-Fines also supported in the fund management for the support of the program. Once the mapping of the players was completed, a platform was developed aiming to seize opportunities of agroecological and organic markets. This platform is integrated with producers organizations, enterprises and NGO’s and actually named “Paraguay Orgánico”, which has national coverage.


ICCO: Coordination and implementation of the Development Program at the Brazilian Semiarid intended to Small Peasant Agriculture.
In order to promote agroecological and organic cotton chains among small producers at the Brazilian Semiarid, the Program was conducted in five states of Northeast Brazil.
The Program involved the mapping of main players in the production of agroecological cotton, listed of all support services for the promotion of Value Chains of agroecological and organic cotton and a study for the identification of alternative items (sesame, sugar cane, etc.) for the diversification of the producer’s farms.

ICCO: Better Cotton Initiative (BCI) Program
The objective of the implementation of the program was to invigorate the cotton production in Paraguay. A-Fines conducted a study that consisted in the execution of activities that included the mapping of main players in the cotton industry, resources management and the implementation of workshops with enterprises, government organisms, NGO’s and funding agencies to establish the potential benchmarks to be used in the Program. Finally, an analysis of the collected data was held in order to give proposals that can benefit primary to the producers.


ICCO: Implementation of alliances by selected and agreed chains in the Programmatic Workshop (Organic Cotton, sesame, sugar cane and peasant fairs). Facilitate the construction of the programmatic changes proposed by the Economic Development, Fair and Sustainable Program of ICCO in Paraguay, following up the short-term action plans established in the Programmatic Workshop.