Nicaragua's government mulls state control of basic grains

Nicaragua's Sandinista government is considering the possibility of an agrarian reform in which the state would control the production and marketing of basic grains, the daily La Prensa reported.

Thursday, May 22, 2008

According to documents obtained by the newspaper, the project forms part of a Five-Year Plan drawn up by the Sandinistas in consultation with other left-wing movements.

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4,200 Hectares Expropriated from Honduran Sugar Mill

May 2012

The National Agrarian Institute (INA in Spanish) has decided to expropriate 4,200 hectares of land from Compañía Azucarera de Honduras S.A. (CAHSA).

These lands were purchased by the company from different people and groups of farmers, said Marco Ramiro Lobo, deputy director of INA.

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.

ECLAC, FAO and IICA press release:

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.

Nicaragua's low productivity

July 2008

Productivity is lagging in Nicaragua, says an unsigned editorial in the Managua newspaper El Nuevo Diario. It says this is not only because of the limited role the country assigns it as a supplier of cheap primary materials, but also because large producers rely on their revenue sources instead of trying to increase efficiency.

As a result, the editorial says, it's not surprising that agricultural yields in Nicaragua are smaller than in the rest of Central America even though it has better land.

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.

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