Agricultural Productivity and Sustainable Development

Two common issues facing modern agriculture: efficient food production and environmentally sustainable practises.

Monday, July 26, 2010


Agricultural Productivity plays a decisive role in the conservation of the environment as well as in economic and social development. As such, Central America's agricultural entrepreneurs and industries must keep themselves up-to-date with the latest innovations in maximizing harvests in the smallest surface area (ecological footprint) while optimizing water usage (virtual water and water footprint). This should be done alongside the region's Ministries of Agriculture and research organizations.

It is essential to share efficient and sustainable food production knowledge and techniques around the agricultural community in order to improve productivity, reduce costs, create jobs, substitute imports, guarantee food security and improve people's quality of life.

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