FAO's help can assure food security in Central America
Food security of Panama and other Central American countries will be guaranteed with the support of the United Nations' Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).
Monday, April 21, 2008
Implementing a regional program, the FAO will distribute seeds, tools and machinery to Central American countries to promote agricultural production, Panamanian Agriculture Development Minister Guillermo Salazar said Monday.
Experiences in trying to obtain self-produced grains at affordable prices for the population have been real disasters, with China being the best example.
Representatives from 175 countries and international organizations will discuss food safety rules in Guatemala this week.
Panama is experiencing a repeat of the Central American basic food drama, with poorly planned local production, very low cost imports and consumer high prices.
Honduras launched a $119 million plan on Tuesday to ramp up agricultural output this year to mitigate rising food prices in the impoverished Central American nation.
Agriculture Minister Hector Hernandez said Honduras aims to increase annual corn production by almost a third to up to 23 million 100-pound (46-kg) bags this year, compared to 2007.
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