Oscar Hernandez finished his WFI Fellowship Program in 2017. During his 6-months in Portland he analyze best practices for forest management in the PNW that have a clear potential for application in the Guatemalan forest sector, including government, private and community sub-sectors. The research scope included policies, practices, economic and social analysis of forest management, at urban and rural scales. (video)
After his program Oscar became the Technical Advisor of FEDECOCAGUA (Coop of Coffee Coops) to implement the Food, Agriculture, Income and Resilience (FAIR) Project, funded by the US Agency for International Development (USAID). The FAIR project will support thousands of small coffee farmers for 5 years to increase their economic growth and to reduce malnutrition. The experience at WFI allowed Oscar to better understand the USAID approach and work style.
Oscar considers himself an agent of change, with solid values, creative and innovating, with 18+ years of experience in international cooperation projects based out of Guatemala City, Guatemala. He has successfully facilitated rural development and climate change initiatives with IADB, United Nations, Rainforest Alliance and others. He has also served as technical advisor of GoG Ministers. He expects to broaden his professional and personal horizon and “rethink” the business as usual model.