A-fines
 


Initially a group of professionals that in their efforts of individual work, contributed to the society development. Sharing different working places together and, in that way, developing working relationships and friendship that resulted in the recognition both from their contracting party and the society. Several professional tasks carried out by the members of the group have developed affinity on the search of solutions to problems exposed by the contracting party.

Affinity not necessarily means always agree on ideas, nor thinking the same way. Affinity is given by the commitment of each of us, in values such as responsibility, ethics and solidarity to develop activities that search solutions, which have the human being as the center of their actions. In 2008, an opportunity of working together came out. The tasks hired by an international NGO required multitasking skills and capacities. The members of the group joined once again to accomplish the work entrusted and the results of them set off series of innovations and changes in their assessed.

Existing interest by contracting party in keep counting with the consulting services of the group, and other co-workers, inspired us to create an enterprise that can answer to their requirements more constantly and formally.

After discussing about ideas and values that should orientate the group work, the conformation of a Society has been decided. It was so that on July 31th of 2008 was born A-Fines S.R.L., consulting firm with the values to serve people development. Setting the vision and mission of the Society:

VISION
We are a society that promotes complex processes of development (economic, social, environmental, organizational, commercial, industrial), orientated to improve people’s living conditions.

MISION
With our work we contribute to generate qualified human resources in Paraguay and through that to drive the sustainable development, with the intention of achieve an improvement in living standards.


  • Ing. Agr. Henry Moriya
    A-Fines Director
    Msc in Agricultural Economics, Purdue University, USA. Vice Minister of Agriculture at MAG, 2008-2009. Expert in Economic and Territorial Development emphasized in Value Chains and Private Public Partnerships for GIZ, KfW, USAID, DGRV, ICCO, WB, IDB, JICA, FIDA, FAO, IICA and other rural economic development organisms. Professional with well-known trajectory in the agricultural field in the country. International consultant with experiences in Latin American, Africa and Asian countries.
  • Henry Yasuo Moriya Fujikatsu is an Agricultural Engineer by the Universidad Nacional de Asunción (UNA), culminated as the best of his year. He is Master in Agricultural Economics with emphasis on Agribusiness and Finances by the Purdue University – West Lafayette, Indiana, USA and a Major in Environmental Impact Assessment by the UNA.

    In addition, he did courses and participated in seminars, congresses and workshops related to commodities platforms, Value Chains, value links methodology, sustainable development, business logistics, rural development, land-use zoning, geographic information system, quality management, among others.

    He has run conferences and done publications both national and international level. He has also been university teacher at Public and Private educational institutions. He has worked as Technical Advisor in the Planning Direction at the Agriculture and Livestock Ministry (MAG), where he was later designated Vice Minister of Agriculture and took office from 2008 until 2009. During his career, he has gain skills in rural development programs and project formulation, policy-making and programs for institutional capacity building, agribusiness strengthen, feasibility studies for agribusiness projects, strategic and business plans, project cycle of organizations such as World Bank, IDB, GIZ, USAID, KfW, DGRV e ICCO, sustainable agriculture and forestry certification processes, governmental advisory in Value Chain programs, poverty reduction, systemic competitiveness, climate risk analysis, environmental assessment studies, among others.

    He was Manager and Advisor in several private companies of the agricultural industry. He was Deputy Director of the USAID “Paraguay Productive Program”, implementing more than 20 agreements of private public partnerships of rural families to Value Chains. He participated in the “First National Communication to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change United in Paraguay”, as a member of the consulting staff. He lead the international consulting team for the analysis and improvement of family farming production in the organic cotton chain in the Brazilian semiarid for the Dutch NGO, ICCO. He also worked as Senior Consultant and Advisor on several projects for the World Bank, (Mozambique) IDB (Colombia, Chile), KfW, DGRV, ICCO (Brazil), GIZ (Tajikistan, Perú, Ecuador), JICA, UNDP, FAO, IICA (USA).

    At present, he is director at A-Fines where he is in charge of the Financial Services Unit, Encompassing Value Chain and private sector development. He is in charge of the project negotiations as liaise between the consulting team and cooperation agencies such as KfW, DGRV, IICA, WB and UNDP.

  • Dr. Georg Birbaumer
    A-Fines Director
    Agricultural Engineer, Ph.D. in Extension and Rural Development, University of Reading, England. Expert in rural development, rural extension and sustainable management of natural resources. Former senior expert for GIZ, FAO and international consultant. 9 books published in the areas related.
  • Georg Birbaumer is an Agricultural Engineer, with M.Sc. and Ph.D. in Rural Development by the Universities of Oxford and Reading, England. In his early days he served as a volunteer of the United Nations in Equator and Yemen. He was an expert and supervisor for the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) under the Fertilizers and Soil conservation Programme in Brazil.

    He was Chief Advisor for the German Technical Cooperation (formerly GTZ) in Argentina, Colombia and Paraguay, where he worked as manager and co-director of rural development and conservation agriculture projects. Also, he did consulting related to politics of rural development, planning and rural development project evaluations, rural extension and conservation agriculture in many countries in Latin America and the Caribbean nation wide, region wide and local wide. Through the years he gained experience in advising government and private institutions of Latin America in rural development emphasized in planning, budgeting, implementation, coordination, monitoring and project evaluation. Human resources training in projects and activities of rural development.

    He is a specialist in management of rural land development. He has proved theoretical knowledge and experience in conservation agriculture, fertility and soil conservation, design of economic, social and environmental impact evaluation system of rural development processes, social and ecological gap analysis for investment projects, consulting in planning and rural development project evaluation and sustainable management of natural resources in Paraguay, Argentina, Peru, Colombia, Guatemala and Dominican Republic. He has taught several courses on family farming and rural development both to producers and technical extension officers. He has written 9 books about rural extension, sustainable management of natural resources, conservation agriculture, sustainable production systems and management on rural territorial development. He has worked in assessment and analysis of the status quo, food security and the agriculture in the project “Food and Nutrition Security Cambodia (MUSEFO)” with a special focus on the Province of Kampot and Kampong Thom, Cambodia.

    Currently, he is an independent consultant and Director at A-Fines, where he develops projects about rural development, natural resources management, rural extension and soil fertility.

  • Ing. Agr. Rubén Rolón
    A-Fines Director-Manager
    M.Sc. in Agricultural Economics, University of Wyoming, USA. Liaise for the IAF in Paraguay. Representative for ICCO Cooperation in Paraguay. Formerly at Peace Corps, human resources coordination and managing. Professional with well-known trajectory in the development and international cooperation field.
  • Rubén Buenaventura Rolón Cáceres is an Agricultural Engineer by the Universidad Nacional de Asunción (UNA), Master in Agricultural Economics by the University of Wyoming, USA. He was university teacher at UNA and at the Universidad Católica Nuestra Señora de la Asunción (UCA).

    During his career, he has worked in activities related to development, both agricultural and community and social aspects. He was Deputy Director of Rural Economic Development and Municipal Service Development for the Peace Corps (American Embassy). He worked as Technical Advisor at the MAG Technical Office, preparing sectorial reports, planning, monitoring and evaluation of agricultural projects jointed with GTZ, JICA, World Bank and IDB. He was local Agent-Representative for ICCO in Paraguay where he was in charge of coordinating activities for the implementation of objectives of the new programmatic approach of fostering Value Chains, implemented by ICCO in Paraguay. He acts as local liaise for the Inter American Foundation (IAF) in Paraguay and Uruguay since 2010, where he advises the grantees of the IAF projects in Paraguay and Uruguay.

    At present, he is Director, Manager and Legal Representative at A-Fines S.R.L., where he is in charge of the elaboration of proposals and budgeting, administrative activities, negotiations with main clients. He has done consulting for FAO, FIDA, Sustainable Food Lab, Fair Trade USA, Actions against hunger (ACH), Christian Canadian Children’s Fund (CCAF).
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