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A group with recognized expertise

The Advisory Council for Food Security in the Americas comprises specialists who have made significant contributions to the agrifood sector, both in the political and academic spheres. The Council monitors the impact of the new coronavirus on food security in the region, with a view to offering analyses and recommendations to facilitate decision making in the public and private sectors.

It also supports IICA’s technical cooperation, assisting the organization in redirecting its efforts to address the demands of the countries, which have arisen as a result of the pandemic, thereby contributing to the development of a new institutional roadmap.

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    Feeding all of humanity and guaranteeing the prosperity of those who produce: the great challenges facing tomorrow’s agriculture

    The members of the Advisory Council for Food Security in the Americas, the Goodwill Ambassadors and the Director General of IICA discussed the future of agriculture and rurality. They also shared their views regarding the global health crisis.
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    Silvia Sarapura, the newest member of IICA’s Advisory Council for Food Security in the Americas

    The Peruvian-Canadian researcher, who specializes in rural planning, has a solid background in international rural and agricultural research for development.
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    Associations of agronomists, veterinarians and agricultural economists of the Americas will work together with IICA to develop post-Covid-19 agricultural and trade protocols

    The representatives underscored the importance of adopting a multidisciplinary approach to address the challenges facing the rural sector in a comprehensive manner, as well as the need to strengthen professional training.
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    Brazilian star Gilberto Gil joins IICA’s tribute to food chain workers with a love song to the Americas

    The celebrated Brazilian artist joined IICA’s campaign, which seeks to channel greater political and social attention to those who guarantee our food supply during the Covid-19 pandemic.
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    EU, IICA and CATIE launch a diversified production model to create a food bank for communities in Costa Rica

    Food crops grown on agroforestry farms at CATIE will benefit vulnerable populations in Turrialba and Coronado.

Meet the members of IICA’s Food Security Advisory Council:

  • Gloria Abraham, Costa Rica

    Dr. Abraham holds a Masters degree in sociology and a Doctorate in sociology, with emphasis on development economics from the University of Toulouse in France. She was Minister of Agriculture and Livestock of Costa Rica from 2010 to 2014, the first woman to occupy that position. She has worked in different international organizations including UNDP, the World Bank and IICA, where she held positions such as Representative, technical specialist in international cooperation, public policies and agricultural trade. She has vast experience in negotiating international free trade agreements in the area of agriculture. She is currently the Ambassador and Head of Delegation for Costa Rica to the World Trade Organization (WTO).

  • Chelston Brathwaite, Barbados

    Dr. Brathwaite holds a B.Sc. in Agricultural Science, a M.Sc. degree, as well as a Ph. D in Plant Pathology from Cornell University, USA. Dr. Brathwaite has a Diploma in Agricultural Development with Distinction from the University of London and has completed courses in Executive Management at INCAE and in Leadership for Senior Executives at Harvard Business School. He was a lecturer in the Faculty of Agriculture of the University of the West Indies (UWI). Dr. Brathwaite served as the Director General of IICA (2002-2010). He joined UWI as the Interim Director of the Faculty of Food and Agriculture and has served as the Ambassador of Barbados to the People’s Republic of China.

  • Carlos Gustavo Cano Sanz, Colombia

    An economist and politician, Carlos Gustavo Cano Sanz holds an M.Sc in Economics from the University of Lancaster and has also completed post-graduate studies in Government and International Economics at the University of Harvard, as well as in Senior Business Management. As Colombia’s Minister of Agriculture (2002–2005), he implemented reforms that led to the merging of the Ministry with other entities to become the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development. He was Manager of the Federación Nacional de Arroceros (FedeArroz), President of the Colombia Agriculture Society and an international consultant in Strategic Planning for IICA. Currently, he is Co-Director of the Board of Directors of the Bank of the Republic of Colombia.

  • Cassio Luiselli Fernández, Mexico

    Dr. Luiselli holds a BSc. in Economics, an MSc. and Ph.D from the University of Wisconsin, specializing in Agricultural Economics, Rural Development and International Economics. He also has a Ph.D from the University of South Africa, Pretoria. Dr. Luiselli is Professor Emeritus of the Humanities division of the Instituto Tecnológico de Monterey – Mexico City Campus (ITESM). He was a former advisor to the President of the Republic on agricultural development (1967–1970). He has also served as Mexico’s Ambassador to South Korea, South Africa and Uruguay; as Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Mexico to ALADI; and as Under-Secretary for Development and Environmental Regulation (SEMARNAT).

  • Elsa Murano, United States

    Dr. Murano possesses a BSc. from Florida International University, as well as an M.Sc. in Anaerobic Microbiology and a Ph.D. in Food Science and Technology from Virginia Tech. She served as the United States Undersecretary of Agriculture for Food Safety (2001-04), and also has extensive experience in the field of education. She was President of Texas A&M University and served as Vice-Chancellor and Dean of Texas A&M University in Agriculture and Life Sciences (2005-07). Dr. Morano was also a member of the Board of Directors of Hormel Foods.

  • Martín Piñeiro, Argentina

    An agricultural engineer, he holds a PhD in Agrarian Economics from the University of California, USA. He is the current Director of the Committee on Agricultural Affairs of the Argentine International Affairs Council (CARI) and a member of the Support Team of the Group of Producing Countries from the Southern Cone (GPS) in Argentina. He is also a Special Advisor to IICA. He was Director General of IICA (1986-1994); President of the Steering Committee of the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) and member of the Steering Committee of the  International Service for Agricultural Research (ISNAR).

  • Álvaro Ramos, Uruguay

    Mr. Ramos obtained his Agricultural Engineering degree from the Universidad de la República. He served as Minister of Livestock, Agriculture and Fisheries (1990-1993) and Minister of Foreign Affairs (1995-1998). He was a senator in his country and has worked as a consultant for IICA and other international organizations, and as an Institutions and Public Development Policies specialist for the FIDA MERCOSUR regional program.

  • Roberto Rodrigues, Brazil

    An agricultural engineer, he served as Minister of Agriculture, Livestock and Supply (2003-2006) and as Secretary of Agriculture and Supply of the State of Sao Paolo (1993-1994). He received the Sao Paolo Medal of Scientific Merit and the National Scientific Merit award for his technical contribution to the development of science in Brazil. In 2004, he was named Agronomist of the Decade by the Association of Agricultural Engineers of the State of Sao Paolo (AEASP). He is also a rural entrepreneur and a special ambassador for cooperatives.

  • Eduardo Trigo, Argentina

    Mr. Trigo is a consultant for IICA and the IDB. He is the director of the CEO Group (Economics and Organization Consultants). He spearheaded the project entitled ‘’Prospects for Biotechnology in Argentina 2030’’ of the Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation (2014-2016), and also served as advisor to the Directorate of International Affairs of the MINCYT in Argentina (2000-2014). He was executive director of the ArgenINTA Foundation (1994-1998) and headed the Research and Technology Transfer Unit at IICA (1986-1994).