The Region Unifies Regulations on Organic Farming

Dominican Republic and Central America have agreed to unify the regulations governing organic agriculture.

Monday, March 14, 2011

The policies are based on rules by Codex Alimentarius, created in 1963 by FAO and the WHO to develop food standards, guidelines and related texts such as practices under the joint FAO / WHO Food Standard Program. The main purpose of the program is to protect the health of consumers and ensure fair trade practices as well as to promote coordination of food standards.

"The regional initiative unifies not only standards but also the control systems for each country, providing security for consumers, noted Elizabeth Ramírez, Head of Monitoring and Pest Control SFE and in charge of the National Organic Agriculture Program," reported La Nacion.

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Potassium Bromate in Flour

November 2013

A recent update of a Sieca regulation is causing confusion because of the inclusion of potassium bromate as a permitted additive.

This topic has been discussed by delegates from the Central American Ministries of Economy, Trade and Health, who have participated in review meetings of the Central American Regulations of the Member States of the Secretariat of Central American Economic Integration (SIEC).

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.

Costa Rica Presents National Rice Policy

January 2011

The proposal provides for a gradual shift in the pricing mechanism.

Within general guidelines, the proposal is valid for three years and aims to improve access to credit, training as well as business management and infrastructure.

"It also contemplates signing agreements for the National Production Council (CNP) to relocate their infrastructure and improve productivity in conjunction with programs from the Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA),” reports the article in

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