Ashoka Fellow
Fellow Since 2010
This description of Martín Ascacibar's work was prepared when Martín Ascacibar was elected to the Ashoka Fellowship in 2010.
Martin Ascacíbar is creating vibrant, profitable new businesses in rural Spain by restructuring value chains and processes related to biomass. These structures engage local small producers and businesses who then reap significant economic benefits that previously only went to larger non-resident investors and industries. The new vertically linked enterprises are accelerating rural development, providing livelihoods for dwindling rural populations, and helping steward and preserve Spain’s remaining forest lands.
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