Guatemala: $21 Million for Corn Production

The funds will be used to improve corn production and marketing support for small farmers.

Tuesday, June 2, 2009


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According to Prensalibre.com, "at the same time that there will be a push for increased agricultural productivity, mainly for corn, support for the marketing of small farmer associations will also be given and there will also be an attempt to improve the income and conditions of subsistence farmers."

Of the $21 million provided by the European Union, about $6 million will be channeled and executed by NGOs. The other $15 million will be implemented by the United Nations Organization for Food and Agriculture (FAO) and the World Food Program.

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$30 Million for Nicaragua and Guatemala

April 2009

The funds provided by the European Commission are aimed at boosting agricultural development and improve the food supply.

The funds, $20 million for Guatemala and $10 million for Nicaragua, are part of a total of $42 million, which also includes Bolivia.

The support will run for three years, until 2011 and “it will finance measures to improve access to agricultural production means such as fertilizers, seeds, veterinary services, micro credit, rural infrastructure, training and support for professionals," according what was reported in the Finanzas.com website.

Costa Rica will spend 14 million USD to stimulate grain production

May 2008

The government of Costa Rica announced an emergency plan to spend 14 million dollars to reactivate cultivation of basic grains in the short term.

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The initiative will provide aid to small farmers in Panama, Belize, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala.

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The UN Food and Agriculture Organization reported that it will support the increase in agricultural production by poor families in more than 20 countries in Latin America and the Caribbean, by providing better access to basic goods.

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