Manuel Otero, Director General of the specialized agency for agriculture, reiterated this commitment, on the occasion of World Food Safety Day, which is celebrated today.
At the invitation of IICA, business leaders from Colombia, Chile, Ecuador, Mexico and Peru met in Bogotá to promote joint efforts to exploit trade opportunities. They also backed the creation of a Forum of Ministers of Agriculture of the Pacific Region, as a potentially valuable mechanism for boosting trade.
IICA is participating in two projects—funded by the Resilient Food Production Component of the EU’s EUROCLIMA+ Program—which seek to enhance the resilience of agriculture to climate change in various Latin American countries.
The point was made during the first meeting between President Iván Duque and the country’s Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Andrés Valencia, and representatives of all the agencies involved in agriculture.
The Ministers of Agriculture of the Southern Agricultural Council (CAS) member countries endorsed the convening of a meeting of the Inter-American Board of Agriculture (IABA) in October. IICA committed to support the efforts of Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Paraguay and Uruguay in the area of associativity and to assist in the production and territorial development of Chile’s Araucanía region.
According to data by PROMECAFE, the regional integration mechanism for the coffee sector, 25% of Arabica coffee consumed worldwide is produced in Central America, the Dominican Republic and Jamaica.