The FAO supports small farmers in Central America

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

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

The investment of $12 million will be used to produce 32,000 metric tonnes of seed valued at $52.7 million, according to the Panama America daily.

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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Panama Earmarks $12 Million for Self Sustainable Farms

June 2010

Over the next four years, the Social Investment Fund (FIS) will invest in 12.000 self sustainable farms and orchards.

This initiative is expected to benefit low-income communities.

Giacomo Tamburrelli, head of FIS, asked the Budget Committee of the Legislative for an additional $2 million for the project, adding that FIS has already organized most of the technical and financial aspects of the project.

$11 Million For Panamanian Agriculture

November 2009

Spain will provide funds for increasing basic grain production in Panama.

The money will be used to boost rice, beans and corn production.

Victor Pérez, agricultural development minister, told "The Food and Agriculture Organization will install its Central American offices in Panama. This means they will store in Panama all the seeds that will be distributed in Central America".

$4.5 Million for Irrigation

August 2009

FAO's initiative intends to enhance irrigation systems in Central America.

The program was approved in the Ministerial Meeting for Commerce and Agribusiness in Central America, Mexico and the Caribbean.

Mexico would be included in the initiative, to "increase knowledge and administration capacity", said Alberto Cárdenas, Mexican agriculture secretary.

New Measures for Fostering Salvadoran Agriculture

August 2009

Strengthening modified seeds, legalization of property titles and renovation of coffee plantations are some of the measures.

Other measures announced by the government to boost agricultural production include negotiating of 3 credit lines for at least $300 million.

"Additionally, for livestock breeders, a commission will be created for solving the cattle theft problem", reported La Prensa Gráfica.

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