Water Stewardship Case Study with Beta (Peru)

As part of Worldwide Fruit’s Water Stewardship programme, Blue North is writing up a number of case studies on Worldwide Fruit’s (WFL) key growers and where they are in terms of water stewardship in their main catchments. These case studies aim to raise awareness of water challenges and to showcase sustainability strategies that growers around the world are implementing.

This case study presents Beta, who is based in Peru and has been a strategic partner and avocado supplier for WFL for the past 6 years.

Beta holds a significant position within Peru’s agriculture sector, with a focus on the cultivation and export of fresh produce worldwide. Their operations span over 5 000 hectares across three key regions, Piura, Lambayeque (Olmos Project), and Ica, cultivating diverse crops while maintaining rigorous quality standards. Their crop portfolio includes asparagus, blueberries, grapes, avocados, citrus, and pomegranates. In the face of significant water scarcity challenges, particularly in the Olmos Project, Lambayeque Region, as well as the Ica Region, where avocados are a core crop, Beta has displayed dedication to responsible water stewardship. They employ a range of innovative strategies, such as advanced irrigation systems and active engagement in water governance, to ensure efficient water use and contribute to water resource sustainability. Beta’s commitment extends beyond water management, as they also prioritise soil health through dedicated programmes, emphasising the importance of moisture retention and efficient nutrient cycling. Integrated Pest Management practices underscore their dedication to environmentally responsible agriculture, with a focus on minimising pesticide use. Biodiversity conservation is a cornerstone of Beta’s environmental responsibility. Through assessments, monitoring, and conservation plans, they strive to protect local flora and fauna while actively engaging in projects to restore and enhance biodiversity. Furthermore, Beta is working on a Carbon Footprint Reduction Plan, demonstrating their commitment to reducing their carbon emissions. Beta is setting a compelling example, not only by ensuring the quality of their produce, but also by contributing positively to the environment and the communities they operate in.

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