Meet our Latin America Network Facilitator
AMEA is happy to announce the appointment of our Latin America Network Facilitator: René Frenken. The Latin America Facilitator will support the growth and development of our Local Networks in Latin America and the Caribbean, beginning with Honduras and Peru. The Network Facilitator will also build bridges between our Global Working Groups and Local Networks and bring increased value to our members.
René holds a MSc in Agricultural Engineering and additional Post-Graduate studies in Communication and Innovation Studies from Wageningen Agricultural University (Netherlands). René has been traveling, working and living in Latin and Central America since 1985 – including Peru, Ecuador, Colombia and finally settling down in Honduras in 1988.
His work experience began with SNV-Honduras, followed by management positions within GIZ/TROCAIRE, Dan Church Aid and GOAL international (some of which included initiating and supporting local multi-stakeholder platforms). Most recently he was the Country Director for GOAL Honduras.
As a small scale coffee producer involved in various small producer organizations and having been part of NGO and IFI supported development projects, he is aware of the challenges and contradictions in project/program discourse and practice. As such, he is knowledgeable on the hurdles for most of the Farmer Organizations in becoming more professional and integrated in globalizing markets.
“I would love to see a coming together of methodological criteria among stakeholders, converging in their work with and for Farmer Organizations, in order to overcome the fragmentation and loss of momentum with every closure of a project cycle. I would like to see member organizations, strategic partners and others who can or will join eventually, joining in collaborating and using cutting edge tools and methodologies. And I'm happy to join a great team with experienced and motivated coworkers!"