The Institute believes that rural youth can be the catalysts for positive social, economic, and environmental changes in their own communities.
The three entities have established a partnership to drive the development of technological solutions, with the aim of bridging the digital gap in the agriculture sector of Latin America and the Caribbean. The first programs, which will involve the creation of apps for water and pest management, as well as chatbots to assist farmers, will be launched in Argentina and Brazil.
The Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock of Costa Rica (MAG), with the support of IICA, spearheaded an initiative to increase the competitiveness of smallholder cocoa farmers in the Northern Huetar, Caribbean Huetar and Brunca regions.
Víctor Villalobos Arámbula, Mexico’s Secretary of Agriculture and Rural Development, and Manuel Otero, the Director General of the Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA), have committed to redouble joint efforts for the benefit of the Mexican agriculture sector.
Programs in both organizations will focus on promoting inclusion and empowerment through initiatives targeting vulnerable communities, such as migrants, women and young people from rural areas, people of African descent, and indigenous peoples. Katie Taylor, Executive Director of PADF, and Manuel Otero, Director General of IICA discussed joint actions in the Central American Dry Corridor, Haiti and Colombia.
Productivity and competitiveness will be fostered through the implementation of disruptive technologies, such as drones, sensors, precision agriculture, Big Data, Internet of Things and artificial intelligence, among other technologies.