There’s a new face around our office in Belize! Leonardo Pech has joined our operations as the Country Director for Sustainable Harvest International–Belize, and he’s off to a busy start learning about local communities and our work in Belize.
Leonardo has been particularly moved by the humility and heart he has seen in families working with us in Belize. He’s worried about the unpredictable rain and drought facing the region and the challenges these new weather patterns present to farmers. “Crops are exposed to more stress, more pests and disease. Yields are low, and that reduces the possibility of the farmers in making a decent profit with their produce,” he says.
But it isn’t all bad news from Leonardo’s point of view. “We need to provide more technical assistance to the farmers, especially regarding the transfer and adoption of new farming alternatives and environmentally-friendly management practices. Then, farmers will harvest a decent crop and a much healthier product.”
We couldn’t be more excited to welcome Leonardo, who brings over 20 years of experience in agriculture, much of it providing technical expertise and guidance to small-scale farmers on various capacities. Leonardo graduated from Costa Rica’s EARTH University in 1995, making him the first agronomist from his hometown (Orange Walk, Belize). An experienced professional in his field, Leonardo has developed a reputation as a compassionate, persistent, and flexible leader.
As the Country Director for the Belize program, Leonardo oversees daily administrative management, supervision, and strategic planning. From time to time, he’s also called upon to sit in on front porch musical performances.
As we expand our work into new areas in Belize, Leonardo looks forward to empowering farmers to improve their livelihoods and providing education and support on healthy growing techniques. Welcome to the Sustainable Harvest International team, Leonardo! We’re so pleased to have you!