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.

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Food Sovereignty vs. Specialized Production

October 2011

Experiences in trying to obtain self-produced grains at affordable prices for the population have been real disasters, with China being the best example.

A draft Law for the Approval of the National Integrated Rural Development of Guatemala proposes that "food security be based on the production of basic grain, under the concept of autarky, defined as food sovereignty, i.e.

Free Market Vs Food Safety

September 2011

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.

Recent statistics from the Panamanian Authority for Food Safety (AUPs) show the figures for onion (71,348 quintals) and potato (22,809 bushels) imports in the first eight months of the year, which in the view of the Association of Agricultural Producers in Chiriqui (Aproachi) have caused a glut in the local market. Surplus goods end up displacing local producers, said Ariel Rios, president of Aproachi.

Experts discuss food safety

December 2008

Representatives from 175 countries and international organizations will discuss food safety rules in Guatemala this week.

"We hope to reach important agreements on key topics regarding food safety," said Elizabeth Johnson, US Under-Secretary of Food Safety, at a press conference.

Honduras launches plan to combat food price rises

April 2008

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.

The government also hopes to lift bean production slightly to 2 million 100-pound bags in 2008.

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