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World Resources Institute (WRI) and Initiative 20x20 are proud to host the second cohort of the Land Accelerator Latin America, a program that trains and mentors entrepreneurs whose businesses restore degraded forests, farms and pasture.

Building off Land Accelerators in Africa and South Asia, this months-long program trains and mentors leaders who develop sustainable and profitable businesses in the reforestation, agroforestry and regenerative farming sectors across Latin America and the Caribbean.

The Land Accelerator connects these entrepreneurs with a team of dedicated mentors, technical expertise, marketing and networking opportunities and investors to scale up their work and help countries meet their commitments to protect and restore more than 50 million hectares of land in Latin America and the Caribbean by 2030.

The program is funded by the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg and the Good Energies Foundation.

Past Cohorts 

The 2021 Land Accelerator Latin America | April 2021

The first regional Land Accelerator Latin America brought together 15 restoration entrepreneurs from across the region for a four-month virtual training and mentorship program. Read more about their businesses here.

The Land Accelerator xPerú | June 2021

WRI and Helvetas presented the first cohort of the Land Accelerator xPerú, a group of 25 entrepreneurs who are restoring degraded forests, agricultural land and grasslands throughout the country. Read about their businesses here.

The Land Accelerator xEcuador | August 2021

WRI, CONDESAN and Helvetas presented the first cohort of the Land Accelerator xEcuador, a two-month training program for business leaders in Ecuador working on conservation, reforestation, agroforestry and other regenerative practices. Learn about their businesses here.

Organizers 

World Resources Institute is a global research organization that spans more than 60 countries. The Institute’s more than 1,000 experts and staff work with government leaders, community groups, private sector actors and others to turn big ideas into action to sustain and protect the world’s most precious natural resources. Through regional initiatives like AFR100 and Initiative 20x20, WRI’s Global Restoration Initiative is dedicated to restoring the health of degraded forests and landscapes around the globe for the benefit of people and the planet.

Initiative 20x20 is a country-led effort seeking to change the dynamics of land degradation in Latin America and the Caribbean by beginning to protect and restore 50 million hectares of forests, farms, pasture and other landscapes by 2030. The initiative — launched formally at COP20 in Lima — supports the Bonn Challenge, a global commitment to bring 150 million hectares of the world’s deforested and degraded land into restoration by 2020, and the New York Declaration on Forests that seeks to restore 350 million hectares by 2030.

Asesorandes is a sophisticated financial boutique specialized in consulting and business development, with a successful track record in Peru and the Andean region thanks to the extensive multidisciplinary experience of its founding partners.