New Zealand, Latin America and the Caribbean: cooperating to position sustainable livestock production and to boost resilience in agricultureThe ministers of agriculture of Chile, Costa Rica, Ecuador, New Zealand, Panama, Paraguay and Uruguay, along with high-level authorities from Mexico and Colombia, participated in an event organized by FONTAGRO and IICA, which highlighted sustainable livestock production as an essential economic and social activity, while stressing the need for cooperation and investment in science and innovation.
Closing the digital divide in rural areas will demand increased training and technological solutions adapted to agricultureInvolving developers, agricultural producers and governments in advancing universal access to digital solutions will arm rural communities with the new technologies and improve their quality of life.
Ecuadorian SMEs are tapping into the European market thanks to a virtual business roundtableThe IICA-supported initiative is fostering the exportation of processed organic products. During this third staging of the event, 53 business meetings were scheduled between Ecuadorian entrepreneurs and 12 buyers from Switzerland, Spain and the Netherlands, while trade deals valuing USD 1.4 million were finalized.
Argentina’s Minister of Agriculture, Luis Basterra, calls for urgent global debate on payment for environmental servicesDuring an interview with the program Agro América, broadcast by Brazilian TV channel AgroMais, the Minister of Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries of Argentina underscored the need to discuss how to provide economic support for the conservation of ecosystems such as the Amazon or the Gran Chaco Americano.
A Global Alliance will join forces to fight against a fungus threatening banana cropsThe group includes representatives from the private sector, scientists, state entities, civil society organizations and international bodies. IICA will act as Secretariat for the alliance, which has decided to undertake the fight against a pest that is challenging a key crop for food security.
Bridging the digital divide in Latin America and the Caribbean requires public policies aimed at expanding capabilities and infrastructure in rural areasDuring a forum organized by IICA, public and private sector representatives agreed that efforts must be geared towards establishing national regulations to ensure that more rural areas have full connectivity at a lower cost.