[:es]FAO, CIAT to Boost Agricultural Development in Latin America[:]


Havana, Aug 14 .-FAO and CIAT will boost agricultural development and the fight against climate change in Latin America and the Caribbean, according to an agreement signed this week in Santiago, Chile, it was reported.


A press release published by the Havana office of the United Nations Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) says that that agency and the International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT) will take joint actions in Colombia, Cuba, Guyana and the countries of the Central American Dry Corridor.

According to the document, the two agencies will support the nations of the region to foster the resilience of rural livelihoods and to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals.

Among the joint actions to be taken by CIAT and FAO is the strengthening of their work with the Guyanese government to carry out a project to adjust to climate change with funds from the Green Climate Fund (GCF).

In the Central American Dry Corridor, which goes through Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador and Nicaragua, the two organizations will seek further articulation of their collaboration to implement the Adjusted Sustainable Agriculture Strategy of the Central American Integration System (SICA).

In this regard, they will build on the successful experiences of Climate Smart Villages (CSV), promoted by the CGIAR’s Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS).

In Cuba, they will support the work of a Phytogenetic Resource Center, while in Colombia they will foster the compliance with the peace agreements in terms of the integral agrarian reform, and the implementation and measuring of the impact of climate change adjustment and mitigation actions in projects with rural farmers, by providing the country with studies and expertise on carbon reduction in forests in the conflict zones.

In addition to working together, FAO and CIAG will promote South-South triangular cooperation with the countries of the region, making emphasis on 100 prioritized territories of high vulnerability for cooperation in food and nutritional security, sustainable agriculture and climate change.

The two organizations have the common mandate of reducing hunger and poverty, malnutrition and obesity, and fighting climate change and environmental degradation. (Prensa Latina)