Latin American supermarkets proposed alliance

A multi-sector alliance was proposed to help deal with the world food crises that is affecting millions of people around the world.

Monday, September 8, 2008

During the third Congress of the Pan-American Association of Latin American Supermarkets (ALAS) that was held in the colonial city of Antigua, some 45 kilometers east of the Guatemalan capital, businessmen made known the "general concern" about the increase in food prices in the international market.

President of the Congress, Bernardo Roehrs, said that the event "has been an opportunity to come up with agreements between the various sectors as a solution to the food crisis," which, in addition to directly affecting consumers, affects all those sectors that are a part of the food production and distribution chain.

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On October 26 and 27 retail company representatives will be meeting to discuss new trends in retail and collaboration with suppliers.

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Guatemala's Agriculture Chamber seeks incentives

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Guatemala's Agriculture Chamber of Commerce suggests that more financial support will provide an incentive to increase production.

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May 2008

The Inter-American Development Bank on Tuesday announced a $500 million line of credit for Central America in hopes of heading off food-price unrest.

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Summit on food crisis ends in acrimony

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A regional summit on the world food crisis ended in acrimony. The summit was attended by presidents or senior representatives of Mexico, some Central and Caribbean countries and the members of the Venezuelan-led Boliviarian Alternative for the Americas (ALBA).

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