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.
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The Foreign Agricultural Service of the United States and IICA are working together to drive technical capacity building in the countries of the region.
Sustainable development and coffee production will be the first IICA courses that will be made available to diplomats from this Central American country.
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.
Efforts will focus on empowering small-scale producers, promoting good agricultural practices through demonstration plots, and fostering youth leadership, among other areas.