$40 Million for Vegetable Gardens Program in Panama

In its first year, 25.000 people will receive free supplies and farming practice assistance, both in rural and urban areas.

Monday, August 10, 2009

The "Urban and Rural Vegetable Gardens" project aims to make food cheaper for consumers. Every year it will add 20.000 beneficiaries, for a total 5 years.

It will be executed in two phases. "The first phase is intended for urban plantations with planted surfaces between 500 and 2.000 square meters", reported newspaper Elsiglo.com. "The second phase will include people living in the capital city, who normally reside in reduced spaces. In this case, growing will be done on prefabricated pots, and will enjoy the same benefits as the first phase".

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Latinoamerican and Caribbean agriculture forecast

October 2011

The Outlook for Agriculture and Rural Development in the Americas: A perspective on Latin America and the Caribbean 2011-2012.

ECLAC, FAO and IICA press release:

San Jose, Costa Rica, October 21 (ECLAC/FAO/IICA). Despite the current context of volatility and high food prices, in the long term, the agricultural sector in Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) will be able to take advantage of the opportunities afforded by having available land - albeit concentrated in a few countries- a relative abundance of water, biodiversity and well-educated human resources.

El Salvador Seeking Brazilian Cooperation in Agriculture

February 2010

Brazil could supply the Salvadoran agriculture industry with technical assistance and know-how.

Agriculture and trade officials from Brazil are in the country, discussing the basis of a potential agreement.

“The parties will share past experiences of using micro financing to boost agricultural development, technical assistance, successful policies implemented in Brazil and opportunities for Agro industries”, reported Laprensagrafica.com.

Nicaragua: Assistance for Producers of Coffee and Cocoa

November 2013

Netherlands will fund with $13.4 million a project in Nicaragua to increase productivity of both products and take more advantage of their commercialisation.

"Five thousand small farmers in six departments, will be part of the "Project for sustainable market access and food security for Coffee and Cocoa Producers of Nicaragua" to be financed by a Dutch cooperation," reported Elnuevodiario.com.ni.

FAO gives Nicaraguan farmers a US$100 million boost

May 2008

The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) is donating US$100 million to boost Nicaragua's recently commenced crop cycle.

FAO representative Armando Cerrato said the bulk of the money would be used to help small farmers to buy seeds for their rice and corn crops. Seed prices have surged as demand led by China and India contributes to a growing world food crisis.

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