Honduras: Program to Boost Agricultural Exports

Agricultural authorities, together with a consulting firm, developed a pilot program aimed at diversifying agricultural production.

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

The project is aimed at promoting farming of potatoes, onions and carrots, in order to meet domestic demand and dispense imports of such products.

The head of the Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock, Jacobo Regalado, told La Tribuna, "Once these projects are consolidated, we will cover the rest of the products so that we reduce to zero those imports and to have initially export capabilities for products such as onions."

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Latinoamerican and Caribbean agriculture forecast

October 2011

The Outlook for Agriculture and Rural Development in the Americas: A perspective on Latin America and the Caribbean 2011-2012.

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San Jose, Costa Rica, October 21 (ECLAC/FAO/IICA). Despite the current context of volatility and high food prices, in the long term, the agricultural sector in Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) will be able to take advantage of the opportunities afforded by having available land - albeit concentrated in a few countries- a relative abundance of water, biodiversity and well-educated human resources.

Nicaraguan Agriculture Could Grow 6%

December 2009

The sector could grow 6% in 2010, helped by better climate and economic recovery in its target markets.

Gerardo Escudero, from international agricultural cooperation institute IICA, argues that a key factor for the sector's growth in 2010 is economic recovery at those economies which import agricultural products from Nicaragua.

EU Contributes to Agricultural Development in Honduras and Guatemala

March 2009

The EU announced $25 million in aid to Guatemala and $17 million to Honduras for agricultural development.

According to what Laprensagrafica.com published, the announced assistance by the European Commission is aimed at "improving access to fertilizers, seeds and other agricultural products, and measures to boost agricultural production such as micro-credit, rural infrastructure and financing of public works such as roads or irrigation systems which are labor intensive. It also foresees improved access to veterinary services and agricultural advice."

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