Bill Clinton in El Salvador
Former US president Bill Clinton was in El Salvador today. He was there to visit initiatives supported by the Clinton Foundation and the Clinton Global Initiative. The program in El Salvador trains small farmers in techniques they can use to grow produce sold at a living wage to supermarkets and elsewhere:
Acceso Oferta Local – Productos de El Salvador has worked with 300 smallholder farmers and sources 42 different varieties of fruits and vegetables.
In November 2013, CGEP began working in El Salvador and replicated their successful supply chain enterprise model by creating Acceso Oferta Local – Productos de El Salvador. CGEP and Fundación Carlos Slim facilitated a total investment of $1.05 million to the enterprise, which currently operates in the highlands and in San Salvador, El Salvador. CGEP’s supply chain enterprise in El Salvador trains smallholder farmers and sources over 42 different varieties of fruits and vegetables for sale to Super Selectos, the largest national supermarket chain, and has recently begun supplying Corporacion de Franquisias Americanas, the country’s largest restaurant conglomerate which includes Wendy’s and other fast food chains. With better knowledge, targeted inputs, services and access to affordable credit, farmers can increase their current yields with minimal cost increases.President Clinton wrote on his Foundation's Instagram account:
Today I met Edgar Lemus, a smallholder farmer in El Salvador whose income has more than doubled because of the agricultural training provided by CGEP’s Acceso program and their purchasing of Edgar’s crops at fair prices and selling them to buyers like Super Selectos. Great to hear his story and see the impact the work is having on his life and the lives of so many others. - BC
Clinton also met with the president of El Salvador, Salvador Sanchez Ceren.