The report “Outlook for Agriculture and Rural Development in the Americas 2017-2018,” which details the prospects for agriculture, was presented to the Ministers of Agriculture of the hemisphere in Costa Rica.
Every dollar and pound of food traded represents the efforts of millions of workers along the agricultural value chains.
A new IICA publication brings together experiences in the Americas, China and the EU on this topic; readers are urged to take advantage of it to replicate actions in other countries around the hemisphere.
The initiative, executed by IICA, USDA-FAS and USAID, seeks to support capacity-building in strategic topics for the countries.
This conclusion was drawn from the 2nd Congress on Agricultural Research for Development, held this month in Madrid.
Women are the world’s food producers, making up 43% of the global agriculture labor force. Women tend dairy cows, conserve indigenous seeds, grow gardens for schools, harvest coffee, and carry out many other –frequently unpaid- tasks. Yet, often times their hard work is taken for granted when we enjoy our meals. It is important to invest in women farmers and make sure that they have the same access to resources - including knowledge and technologies – as men.