Sustainable Production Standards for Cattle Farmers

Rainforest Alliance and USAID have presented a new standard aimed at encouraging cattle farms to improve their environmental and social sustainability.

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

This standard, which forms part of the agreements established in DR-CAFTA, will help cattle farmers to implement best practices by voluntarily opting to obtain the the Rainforest Alliance Certified™ certification.

The standard only applies to cattle farms with access to pastures and incorporates the following criteria: "integrated management systems, animal welfare, sustainable pasture management, animal welfare, and reducing greenhouse gas emissions," reports greenbiz.com.

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Guatemala: Good Practice Certificates for Farmers

August 2010

19 associations have received certificates enabling them to export to the USA by complying with international agricultural best practice standards.

The scheme promoted by Fundación Ágil and coordinated by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) to date has certified 48 farming groups.

Panama continues to bet on agro-tourism

December 2008

A total of 12 farms received certificates to offer agro-tourism services after completing the Agricultural Good Practices (BPA).

Minister Olmedo Espino pointed out that the activity is a great alternative for farmers and highlights the effort made by both entities for the agro-tourism development of Panama, but above all, because it offers economic benefits and provides incentives for ecological preservation.

IDB Supports Livestock Traceability in Nicaragua

September 2011

The IDB will support the country in developing the capabilities of a system of traceability of beef exports.

The announcement was made by the representative of the Interamerican Development Bank (IDB) in Nicaragua, Mirna Lievano in a "Traceability" workshop, which was held in the country.

Handling Fresh Produce

September 2012

A webinar is to be held on good agricultural practices and handling fresh produce delivered by the Ministry of Agriculture of the United States.

A statement from the Costa Rican Trade Promotion Office (PROCOMER) reads:

The Agricultural Marketing Service of the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) through its program for fruits and vegetables, offers voluntary and independent audits for fresh produce suppliers along the supply chain. The best practices and good management USDA audits for these products focuses on the application of best practices in order to verify that fruits and vegetables are grown, packaged, handled and stored in the safest manner possible in order to minimize microbiological hazards .

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