The new lab is an initiative spearheaded by Ministry of Science, Technology and Telecommunications (MICITT) of Costa Rica and the Inter-American Institute for Cooperation for Agriculture (IICA). The initiative may be replicated in other Latin American and Caribbean countries.
Agricultural engineering, nutrition, food biotechnology, environmental management, business and other agriculture-related studies are just some of the options available to students in the Americas.
The Executive Committee, a governing body of the Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA), brought together delegates from about twenty countries in San Jose, Costa Rica. The participants expressed strong support for the institutional modernization process led by Director General Manuel Otero.
The proposal is in response to a request by the country’s Executive Commission for Cow’s Milk (CEBL - Spanish acronym), which is seeking to strengthen the institutional framework and governance of the sector.
A course carried out in Costa Rica will equip 56 delegates from eight Latin American countries to provide training on this regulation to producers, academics and officers involved in the production and commercialization of fresh fruits and vegetables for the U.S. market.
IICA Play is a new tool for reducing digital and education divides. Producers across the hemisphere will have access to more than one hundred videos with technical and educational content related to agriculture, ranging from the efficient use of natural resources to methods of treating plant health diseases.