The partnership between Microsoft and IICA will provide technological developments to transform agriculture in the Americas through innovation, for the benefit of rural women and youth in particular.
IICA prepared a publication to guide Caribbean countries in fostering solid government actions to improve the productive development and quality of life of small-scale farmers.
Throughout this year, the Central American country has been preparing a national strategy on this issue, with input from public institutions involved in science, technology, the environment and agriculture.
Sitting on a panel with agriculture sector leaders at the Toronto Global Forum, Manuel Otero, the Director General of the Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA), called for productivity shortcomings to be addressed.
Experiences in the United States, Germany, Colombia, Spain, Japan, South Africa, Malaysia and the European Union will provide a frame of reference for the development of methodological guidelines and analyses.
The Ministers of Agriculture of Chile, Mexico and Peru will meet in March 2019 to sign a joint work agreement within the framework of the Pacific Alliance. The joint efforts will focus on sustainable development, rural well-being and agricultural trade.