Saturday, 11 July 2020 00:03

The ministers of Agriculture of the Americas will create mechanisms to strengthen food security

Written by Sandy Velasco

The ministers and secretaries of Agriculture of the Americas will meet next Monday 13, in a virtual meeting to define actions to strengthen the continuity of agricultural activity in the midst of the current pandemic, and to stimulate the exchange of food and trade information among the countries of the hemisphere.

The meeting will be hosted by Mexico's Secretary of Agriculture and Rural Development, Victor Villalobos, and co-organized by the Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA) and the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).

"The objective of this virtual forum is to reiterate the importance of continuing to produce; agriculture must not stop because it is the only way through which we guarantee food for all of society. It is also very important that this is done without hindering the exchange of products between our countries”, said Villalobos.

The dialogue will focus on issues such as food security, post-pandemic economic recovery, international trade, agricultural health, and the promotion of agrifood chains.

Among the upcoming challenges for the agricultural sector in the Americas are facilitating access for family producers to short marketing circuits, strengthening multilateral governance to boost trade and reduce the emergence of restrictions, stimulating the reactivation and regional integration of export chains, and strengthening national sanitary and phytosanitary control services.

"We need to keep information more fluid between us. I urge my colleagues responsible for agriculture in the hemisphere to participate in the meeting because it is an opportunity to bring our interests closer together in terms of the service that agriculture provides as a provider of food and raw materials to the entire population”, said the mexican Secretary of Agriculture.

IICA director general Manuel Otero, and FAO Assistant Director General and Regional Representative for Latin America, and the Caribbean Julio Berdegué will also participate in the meeting on 13 July.

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