Magnate to head Guatemala's fight against poverty

Business magnate Roberto Dalton is to lead Guatemala's campaign against poverty as executive coordinator of the National Commission for Rural Development

Monday, May 26, 2008

Dalton says he never intended to work in the public sector. "I was originally asked to give advice to Alfredo Mirón, who was going to head up efforts for rural development. But then he pulled out because of personal problems," said Dalton. "It was then that President Colom asked me to take over."

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Guatemala: Rural Development Act Finds No Consensus

November 2012

The initiative includes the creation of a ministry to unite the policies, programs and projects on the development of agriculture which have become stalled in Congress.

"The leaders of the faction held a meeting prior to the start of the plenary session, without reaching a consensus to include the initiative on the agenda, however, it may be brought forward by a privileged motion", reports

Honduras to Invest $ 15 Million in Agriculture

January 2011

The National Sustainable Development Program will allocate the resources to irrigation systems, business plans and food security.

Mario Pineda, Director of Pronaders, said the departments of Olancho, El Paraiso, Colon and Gracias a Dios will receive $ 5.3 million for business plans.

Guatemalan cooperatives present economic proposal

January 2009

The rural development proposal for 2009 is for $108 million and is expected to generate between 150 to 200 thousand jobs. reports: "One of the main projects is to channel $37 million (288 million quetzales) to housing programs.

The proposals includes plans to invest another $9 million (70 million quetzales) for the planting of corn, $10 million (80 million quetzales) for the irrigation and harvest of vegetables, and $15 million (120 million quetzales) for storage centers and financing."

$8 million for rural development in Guatemala

January 2009

Canada will donate the figure for rural development in the Solola Department, benefiting coffee and vegetable producers.

According to "The Canadian minister of State for Foreign Affairs for Latin America and the Caribbean, Peter Kent, pointed out that the donation is destined to Solola because it is at the top of the Guatemalan government's list of priorities for the fight against poverty."

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