Guatemala: Agrarian decree contravenes the Constitution

The president of the Center for the Defense of the Constitution, Mario Fuentes Destarac, says he believes the Law to Encourage Production of Basic Grains contravenes the nation's Constitution.

Thursday, June 5, 2008

The Government wants to use this law, issued as decree 40-74, to force landowners with more than 100 hectares to seed at least 10 per cent of their land to basic grains.
Fuentes Destarac thinks this decree was issued under the 1965 Constitution, but that it does not meet the conditions set in the new Constitution which was passed in 1986.

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Honduran Government to Buy Grain from National Producers

September 2011

The Honduran Institute for the Agricultural Market has announced that to in order ensure a food reserve, it will purchase staple grains from local producers.

The procurement process will begin from September 15 in the Department of Olancho.

Carlos Giron, manager of the Honduran Institute for the Agricultural Market (IHMA),"requested that producers in the region bring their harvest to a collection center which will be opened in the town of San Francisco de la Paz, where he said, farmers will be paid rates above those offered by intermediaries", reported

Nicaragua: $3 Million for Agriculture

May 2009

The World Bank approved $3 million for the Government of Nicaragua to purchase eeds and supplies for basic-grain planting.

The head of the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry (MAGFOR), Ariel Bucardo, said that in addition to the $3 million approved by the World Bank on Monda, MAGFOR is negotiating with the international entity for an additional appropriation of $10 million "to support the purchase of supplies and seeds for some 240 thousand farmers nationwide," according to an article in

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.

The initiative will encourage production of beans, rice, and white corn, which are basic to the Costa Rican diet. The idea is to blunt the effects of a possible worldwide food shortage, which has been predicted by some international organizations.

Central American emergency plan

April 2008

The Central American countries have defined strategies to confront the rise in prices and possible scarcity of food. In effect it's an emergency plan that will require an investment of about 560 million dollars. The plan and be concentrated on four products: rice, beans, corn and sorghum.

The Central American plan, aimed at encouraging production of basic grains, includes the creation of a regional network for seed production, joint importation of agriculture inputs, an increase in areas under cultivation, improvements in productivity, and financing for producers.

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