Millions of coffee-farming families are unable to cover production costs, overcome debts, maintain employment levels or tend to their crops with the minimum investment required for farming. The Director General of IICA urged the coffee agroindustrial chain and governments to commit to identifying consistent solutions.
Agricultural chains will boost competitiveness by accessing existing or forthcoming statistical, geospatial, and trade databases
As part of its technical cooperation efforts in the country last year, IICA supported water infrastructure development, vegetable cultivation, and the use of Perone hive technology.
The Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock of Costa Rica (MAG), with the support of IICA, spearheaded an initiative to increase the competitiveness of smallholder cocoa farmers in the Northern Huetar, Caribbean Huetar and Brunca regions.
IICA, FAO and wholesalers from the region’s food sector facilitated learning processes on marketing and value-adding for food and handicrafts to support organizations of small-scale producers in Antigua and Barbuda, Bahamas, Jamaica, Guyana, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, and Trinidad and Tobago.
Study maintains that improvements in port infrastructure will foster smooth and secure trade flow of food products as well as the development of small farmers in the region.