GANSO: Creating Sustainable Landscapes
Comprehensive support and long-term Commitment
Increasing Productivity while enhancing environmental and social integrity
Soil restoration and Forest protection

What we do?

GANSO is a technical assistance and financing facility supporting farms in their transition from inefficient cattle ranching activities to sustainable and diversified production systems, that integrate cattle production intensification with tree crops, ecosystem conservation, and restoration.
Where extensive cattle operations currently exist, production is transitioned to an intensified system and improved pasture management that boosts productivity and reduces the land required to support the cattle herd. Areas liberated through intensification processes become available for timber, cocoa, and other tree crop plantations that provide additional and diversified income, as well as conservation and restoration of natural ecosystems.

THREE PILLARS OF ACTION

Intensify cattle production on existing pasturelands

 

 

Introduce timber on areas liberated through sustainable intensification

 

Conserve existing ecosystems and restore degraded ecosystems

 

Why do we do it?

The overall objective of GANSO intervention is to build scalable businesses at farm level that help reduce pressure on natural ecosystems, while supporting local economic and social development in areas occupied by inefficient livestock production systems.
 
GANSO´S solution of combining intensified cattle with tree crop systems enhances the sustainable development potential of Colombia´s rural areas by:

Increasing profitability and diversifying farm income

Increasing profitability and diversifying farm income

Enhancing the long-term value of farm land

Enhancing the long-term value of farm land

Enhancing meat quality and quantity

Enhancing meat quality and quantity

Professionalizing farm management and upgrading value chains

Professionalizing farm management and upgrading value chains

Enhancing ecosystem service provision including greater biodiversity in forests and savannahs, reduced erosion, and enhance carbon storage

Enhancing ecosystem service provision including greater biodiversity in forests and savannahs, reduced erosion, and enhance carbon storage

Reducing methane emissions per kg of meat produced

Reducing methane emissions per kg of meat produced

How do we do it?

GANSO is founded based on work led by Climate Focus and CIAT to fill the gap of tailored financial and technical support to landowners that is required to exploit sustainable land-use opportunities at scale. Farmers usually receive limited technical and financial services. GANSO offers tailored solutions to each farm, focusing on the introduction of good agricultural and livestock practices that enhance management capacity, productivity, quality, and environmental performance.

Comprehensive Farm Management Plans guide all stages of implementation and scaling of intensification systems. Technical and operational support is complemented with thorough financial assessment and planning, support in credit applications to local banks, establishing connections to produce buyers and tree crop operators, while ensuring monitoring of performance.

 

Farm Assessment

  • Eligibility screening
  • Economic, environmental social evaluation
  • Farm mapping and land use zoning
  • Letter of intent & joint work plan

 

Management Plan

  • Production system design
  • Management & Operations
  • Conservation / Restoration
  • Baseline studies

 

Financial Planning 

  • Financial projections
  • Self - and loan finance scenarios
  • Implementation agreement
  • Loan application support

 

Implementation

  • Direct technical support by GANSO
  • Land preparation
  • Planting
  • Infrastructure development
  • Commercialization

 

Monitoring

  • Annual performance tracking
  • Indicator Reporting
  • Continuous improvement of management and operations

 

Who we are

GANSO is a partnership between Climate Focus and the Center for international Tropical Agriculture (CIAT) built to transform significant areas of degraded pastures into sustainable productive lansdcapes.

Climate Focus has developed the GANSO business model. The company has a track record in applying a business approach to environmental problems, developing efficient legal and financial structures for sustainable land use investments, supporting entrepreneurs and impact investors in developing viable investment opportunities and helping drive the development of sustainable supply chains through cutting edge research and analysis.

CIAT has pioneered research on tropical forages and livestock production with a track record in technical assistance and capacity building on cattle intensification systems, assessments of farm potential, development of management plans , and measurement of economic, environmental and social impact of proposed land use systems.

Strategic Partners

Contact

GANSO offices

Carrera 43D # 21-27, Barrio El Buque

Villavicencio, Colombia

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