No Development Without Productivity

The economic and social development of Central America depends on efficient, profitable and competitive agriculture.

Monday, October 11, 2010


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The article by Ferley Henao "Without Productivity There is no Paradise”, highlights the need to accelerate the pace in search of agricultural productivity in Central America, showing how slow countries of the region are progressing, not only against first world nations but also in relation to other Latin American countries.

"In terms of knowledge and therefore of productivity, technology, competitiveness and profitability, the rural sector in most countries of the region is closer to the nineteenth century (XIX) than to the twenty-first century (XXI)."

"The impact of current situation is very serious and it shows on indicators such as unemployment, immigration, trade deficit, low standard of living, food supply, poor credit, investment, inflation and environmental degradation.

“Globalization and technological advancements in the second half of the twentieth century, including all the sciences related to the rural world make it imperative to put agriculture in line with global reality in terms of competitiveness."

"Based on the foregoing considerations, it is essential to encourage agricultural productivity through knowledge transfer programs in order to achieve effective and sustainable development because, in addition to the increase in direct jobs, it has indirect positive effects such as dynamism of the economy and effective contribution to food supply.”

- Agricultural Productivity in Costa Rica

- Agricultural Productivity in El Salvador

- Agricultural Productivity in Guatemala

- Agricultural Productivity in Honduras

- Agricultural Productivity in Nicaragua

- Agricultural Productivity in Panamá

- Agricultural Productivity in Dominican Republic

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Agricultural Productivity: Central American Weakness

April 2013

Within the isthmus, Honduras has the lowest agricultural productivity, followed by, from the least to the most, Nicaragua, El Salvador, Guatemala, Panama, and Costa Rica.

Although the current global economic environment is favorable to the nations of Latin America and the Caribbean, specializing in the production and export of agricultural products, "Latin American agriculture is being forced to increase productivity in an environmentally friendly way in order to overcome natural resource constraints , environmental pressures, the consequences of climate change and volatility in international prices of the agricultural products it exports. "

Costa Rica: Livestock Productivity

December 2015

A study by the Central American Academy has concluded that there are market distortions that explain the low productivity of the sector compared with other producing countries.

Summary and conclusions of "Policies for productive development study. Experiences in the case of bananas and cattle "

Productivity of Oil Palm in Guatemala

October 2013

While the world average in palm oil production is 4 tonnes per hectare, Guatemala is producing 7 tons per hectare.

Guatemala ranks first in the world in terms of productivity per hectare, outperforming Malaysia and Indonesia. "The shortage of land for oil palm cultivation forces Guatemalans to be more efficient per hectare in order to minimize its social and environmental impact," reported Prensalibre.com.

Regional Meeting on Agriculture in Nicaragua

February 2014

From April 28th to May 3rd the 59th Annual Meeting of the Central American Cooperative Program for the Improvement of Crops and Animals will be held in Managua.

Representatives from the agricultural sector from more than 20 countries will gather together from April 28th to May 3rd in Managua, where the 59th Annual Meeting of the Central American Cooperative Program for the Improvement of Crops and Animals will be held.

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