CLAUDIA CARCAMO - Honduras Country Director (2011)
Born in Comayagua, Honduras, Claudia Carcamo has a deep knowledge of rural land issues, community development, sustainable agriculture and the complexities of globalization and its impact on rural small-scale farmers. Since 2009, Claudia has worked as the Facilitator for the Alliance for Food Sovereignty and Agrarian Reform (SARA), an international movement of over 25 indigenous, environmental, agricultural, and labor organizations advocating agrarian reform and sustainable agriculture throughout Central and South America. During her time at SARA, Claudia coordinated the implementation of strategic and operational plans, conducted studies and investigations, and led numerous workshops, facilitating communication between members of the alliance. Prior to her work with SARA, Claudia had worked as project coordinator for DR-CAFTA in the Alternative Community Marketing Network (Red COMAL), Coordinator for quality control in UNILEVER Central America, and as Project Coordinator for Risk Management & Mining Project with the Association of Non-governmental Organizations (ASONOG). She enjoys studying, researching, hiking in the woods, discovering new places and listening to music.
MARVIN GONZALEZ - Nicaragua Country Director (2002)
Marvin Gonzalez has a degree in forestry and has trained in Nicaragua, Costa Rica and Honduras, learning sustainable agriculture skills. Before working with SHI, he gained experience in development, sustainable agriculture and environmental work with several government agencies and non-governmental organizations in the South Atlantic Region (RAAS) of Nicaragua. "I like SHI's form of working," Marvin Gonzalez says. "Most of the resources go to the farmers. Responsibility is given to field trainers to make decisions. Plans are made from the bottom up, according to what the farmers would like to do that will give good results. Despite having a small budget, SHI has the good will to do big things. Since I learned about organic agriculture and began to practice it, I have believed in it."
NANA MENSAH - Belize Country Director (2006)
Mr. Mensah brings to the SHI Belize team his training as an agricultural engineer, agronomist and educator. Before joining SHI he taught chemistry and construction at the University of Belize, Toledo Campus and worked as an environmental manager/consultant for Meco & Santa Fe Co. Most recently, he taught Spanish and integrated science at Julian Cho Technical High School and served as the Director for Southern Marketing and Appropriate Research Technology (SMART). "I love to protect our environment and natural resources so that future generations can afford the same quality of life that we take for granted or are striving to obtain.
RODRIGO RODRIGUEZ - Panamá Country Director (2008)
I am an agricultural engineer and have worked for over 20 years with institutions and projects that promote sustainable development of rural communities in various areas of the Republic of Panama. I love the work I perform as National Director of Sustainable Harvest International in my country, because this organization establishes a direct link with poor families on their land and promotes an increase in the capabilities of the members, through technical support that raises their self-esteem, produces healthy food, develops income-generating activities and methods of production that contribute to the improvement of their quality of life and environmental conservation.