Central American emergency plan

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.

Friday, April 25, 2008

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.
Regional institutions will provide 60 per cent of the funding.
Meetings of officials from the countries involved will be taking place over the next few weeks to work out details of the plan.

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