Andean Ministers of Agriculture back Global Alliance against banana disease and call for increased joint international actionsIICA is the coordinator of the Secretariat of the Alliance’s Executive Committee, whose mission is to support the banana industry in the fight against the destructive Fusarium TR4 fungus, by developing knowledge, technology, and a definitive scientific solution to the disease.
IICA to organize virtual dialogues to bolster the position of the agriculture sector of the Americas ahead of the Food Systems SummitThe meetings will be organized under the banner of the Summit Dialogues, requested by the organizers, as a means of stimulating discussion prior to the global forum. The issues to be addressed will include cooperatives, the bioeconomy, agricultural digitalization, the One Health approach and international trade.
The 2021 Food Systems Summit: an opportunity for the Americas to showcase the efficiency and productivity of its agriculture sectorArgentina’s Permanent Representative to the UN, María del Carmen Squeff (second, above), addressed the XV Meeting of IICA’s High-Level Advisory Council for Food Security in the Americas and urged the countries in the hemisphere to actively participate in the dialogues and various activities in preparation for the Summit.
Ministers of Agriculture of Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Paraguay, and Uruguay agree to coordinate actions ahead of the UN Summit and to support the reelection of the IICA Director GeneralThe ministers expressed their support in a meeting of the Southern Agricultural Council (CAS, in Spanish). They also requested that IICA prepare a report on the sustainability of livestock production systems in the region and agreed to mobilize “all technical and diplomatic resources” to ensure that the voice of South America is heard at the UN Food Systems Summit. The Director General of IICA offered to establish linkages between the Andean Region, Caribbean, Central America and North America to help unify their position.
PROCAGICA supports female participation in Salvadoran coffee productionMaría de Los Angeles Alvarado, coop member and program beneficiary, is undertaking key activities that relate to the quality of the coffee. She is putting into practice the lessons learned through the initiative, such as selective picking of the bean, which she then sends to be processed into parchment coffee, in order to obtain a better price.
Experts from the Americas, speaking at a high-level event, emphasize the importance of cereals and oilseeds in sustainable agrifood systemsIICA organized the virtual seminar to promote the Western Hemisphere’s perspective and sustainable production practices in preparation for the UN Food Systems Summit 2021.