In the countdown to COP 28, Director General of IICA reaffirms commitment to fighting against climate change and warns that the agrifood sector cannot be absent from environmental negotiationsThe Director General of the Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA), Manuel Otero, spoke with international media hours before the start of the United Nations Conference on Climate Change (COP 28), in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.
Chile will arrive at COP28 with an increasingly sustainable dairy sector and, together with IICA, the U.S. Dairy Export Council (USDEC) and Dairy Management Incorporated (DMI), shares good practices with Latin AmericaThe pilot program began in 2022, and today there are more than three hundred dairy farms that have voluntarily completed the self-assessment process regarding the sustainability of their operations.
In preparation for COP28, the “IICA of Open Doors” consolidates its standing as a hub for agricultural innovation and sustainability in the AmericasIICA’s headquarters in Costa Rica has welcomed around 12,000 visitors in 2023, mostly children and young people, who have learned about the use of cutting-edge technologies and experimented with drones, robotics, 3D, satellite information and programming, all of which are essential tools for a more sustainable, attractive, dynamic, inclusive and profitable agriculture.
The IICA Director General gave the Latin American and Caribbean ambassadors to the United Arab Emirates a preview of the pavilion that will represent the region’s agriculture sector at COP28IICA, the governments of its 34 Member States and its strategic private sector partners will establish a venue at COP28 to host high-level discussions on the role of regional agriculture in mitigation and adaptation efforts.
In the run-up to COP28, increasing importance of digitalization in agriculture highlighted by actions in Colombia and Mexico under IICA program that promotes sustainable development in rural areasThe introduction of digital technologies is, undoubtedly, a prerequisite for transforming agrifood systems and making them more sustainable and resilient in the face of climate change. These technologies enable stakeholders to make much more efficient use of external inputs and natural resources, thus helping to reduce environmental impacts.
In the lead-up to COP28, Chilean Government and IICA strengthen partnership and call for improving soil health to guarantee food security and overcome the climate crisisThe meeting provided an opportunity to review the achievements and coordinate future actions of the Living Soils of the Americas initiative, which acts as a bridge between science, public policies, the private sector and efforts to restore soils in the hemisphere, whose degradation threatens the position of Latin America and the Caribbean as a guarantor of global food security.