Experts at a Council of the Americas seminar maintained that farmers should be prioritized in discussions about the future of food systemsThe participants included Saboto Caesar, Minister of Agriculture of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines; Krysta Harden, Executive Director and President of the U.S. Dairy Export Council; Manuel Bravo, President and Executive Director of Bayer Mexico; Michael Kremer, University of Chicago professor and winner of the Nobel Prize in Economics; and Manuel Otero, Director General of IICA.
Caribbean ministers highlighted IICA’s role in tackling food insecurity and discussed new challenges stemming from the pandemicCaribbean ministers of agriculture stressed the need to reduce food import dependency and to digitalize rural areas, while offering proposals to increase climate change resilience.
The rural youth of Africa and the Americas will engage in dialogue with a view to promoting agricultural sustainabilityIICA and CSAYN will contribute to an exchange of knowledge between the Americas and Africa in order to promote rural well-being, agricultural productivity, food security, and the rational use of natural resources.
Africa seeks the cooperation of Latin America and the Caribbean in the areas of export development, soil recovery and reforestationThis was stated by Fadel Ndiame, vice president of the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA), an organization that promotes agricultural transformation in 11 countries of this continent to improve the income of producers and guarantee food security.
Mercosur’s agri-food systems are strong, but in need of transformation to be sustainableClosing deliberations at Mercosur’s international seminar on “Sustainable Agri-food Systems”, held in commemoration of the body’s 30th anniversary, centered on bloc member-country policies to guarantee food security.
Mexico: a giant in the agriculture sector that is determined to bridge social divides in rural areasVíctor Villalobos, Mexico’s Secretary of Agriculture and Rural Development, addressed members of IICA’s Advisory Council for Food Security in the Americas and specially invited guests, among them, winner of the Nobel Prize for Economics, Michael Kremer.