The agenda will focus on health and safety, the bioeconomy, rural development and gene editing, as agreed upon by an IDB delegation led by Pedro Martel, Chief of the credit institution’s Environment, Rural Development and Disaster Risk Management Division, and a team led by Manuel Otero, Director General of IICA.
International experts and government officials from Argentina noted that gene editing is revolutionizing the biological sciences and affords valuable opportunities. They also agreed on the importance of communicating this progress in an efficient manner, in order to achieve a social consensus that would enable countries to enjoy and benefit from these developments.
The Costa Rica Headquarters of the specialized agency for agriculture and its Brazil and Colombia Offices were awarded a distinction in the eco diplomat category.
In Asunción, the hemispheric organization presented a proposal to Denis Lichi, the Minister of Agriculture and Livestock, on developing the banana sector as a means of bolstering the income of family farmers.
The document is being prepared in response to requests by the Presidents of the region in a Special Declaration on pricing and trading of coffee in countries of the Central American Integration System (SICA).
The initiative seeks to assist small-scale producers of basic grains in one of the world’s most vulnerable regions to climate change, by boosting their productivity and guaranteeing food security.