The Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock of El Salvador and the Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA) have signed an agreement to revive coffee cultivation in this country. This agreement, signed by IICA Director General Víctor M. Villalobos and the Minister of Agriculture of Livestock and President of the National Center for Agricultural and Forestry Technology (CENTA), Orestes Ortez, will serve to strengthen and improve the sustainability and competitiveness of the coffee chain.
Given the fact that now a third of the food produced worldwide is wasted, the Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA) recently delivered in the capital of Costa Rica, a technical forum to provide producers interested basics of post-harvest management, to help reduce food losses in food chains.
Eleven new initiatives agrotourism linked to the coffee sector, as specialty coffee shops, courses hospitality and tastings, spas and educational and recreational tours, have been added to the offer of the Tourist Route Coffee Honduras, with support from the Inter-American Institute cooperation on Agriculture (IICA) and the Honduran Coffee Institute (IHCAFE), which since 2015 working together to boost agritourism project design in this area.
The National Coordinator of Fair Trade in Costa Rica (CLAC) and the Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA) have developed a market study on products oriented on fair trade in this country that has shown the great potential of this activity, which could eventually support more than 25.000 Costa Rican farmers.
The Ministry of Science, Technology and Telecommunications of Costa Rica will invest ₡ 50 million in the creation of a National Agricultural Information System, serving producers and market Chorotega, which will help to improve productivity in the aquaculture agriculture, fisheries and of that region. Such a system will be integrated by the data sources that exist in the country on agriculture, fisheries and aquaculture production, to facilitate the analysis, prediction and decision making in these areas.
"La Niña" is associated with heavy rains and floods, which would generate serious implications for the agricultural sector in the region. At a seminar led by IICA the impact it could have this phenomenon in the sector, which would manifest itself early in the second half of this year were discussed. Countries such as Costa Rica, Guatemala, Panama and the Dominican Republic will face rainfall above normal, which in some cases could affect musáceas plantations (banana and plantain) during the first phase of the rainy season.
Under the IX International Forum on innovation for sustainable agriculture in Latin America, renowned speakers will talk about the economic challenges of the region and innovation as an essential way for development.
The aim of the Ministerial Meeting on Agriculture in the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) is to achieve a consensus among the ministers on the principles of agricultural policies to achieve a new policy paradigm for agriculture and feeding the world.
Incorporate the gender perspective is strategic in addressing food and nutrition security, climate change and risk management, because it allows us to contemplate differently the needs and interests of women and men, to propose realistic solutions and reduce gaps development and progress towards gender equality and equity. These are the conclusions of a web seminar IICA.
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