The new lab is an initiative spearheaded by Ministry of Science, Technology and Telecommunications (MICITT) of Costa Rica and the Inter-American Institute for Cooperation for Agriculture (IICA). The initiative may be replicated in other Latin American and Caribbean countries.
IICA Play is a new tool for reducing digital and education divides. Producers across the hemisphere will have access to more than one hundred videos with technical and educational content related to agriculture, ranging from the efficient use of natural resources to methods of treating plant health diseases.
The three entities have established a partnership to drive the development of technological solutions, with the aim of bridging the digital gap in the agriculture sector of Latin America and the Caribbean. The first programs, which will involve the creation of apps for water and pest management, as well as chatbots to assist farmers, will be launched in Argentina and Brazil.
Productivity and competitiveness will be fostered through the implementation of disruptive technologies, such as drones, sensors, precision agriculture, Big Data, Internet of Things and artificial intelligence, among other technologies.
Mr. Daniel Burgoyne of the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) was the special guest presenter at the forum hosted by the Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA) Office in Canada and talked about the new requirements under the Safe Food for Canadians Regulations.
Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Panama, Peru, Jamaica and Dominican Republic are part of this initiative, which will benefit 5,000,000 people in the region who directly depend on the production of this crop.