The topics for discussion on this portal have already been analyzed by multiple actors. In this repository, the GS / OAS brings together some of them, as one more contribution to the discussion. This repository has two sections: In the Policy section, we will integrate information on policies relevant to the issues under discussion that are being implemented by Member States, Observer States and other States of the world. In Studies we will include analyzes, reports and reports published by academic institutions, think tanks, international and multilateral organizations, non-governmental organizations and private entities, all of them of recognized prestige, which are relevant to the conversation. The OAS will publish these articles and reports in their original language.

Institutional Support for the Enhancement of Service Delivery to the Agricultural Sector Post-COVID-19 in the Caribbean Region (SURINAME)

  • 31 July 2021

The general objective of IICA’s project in Suriname is to contribute to food and nutrition security of the country Post COVID-19 pandemic, through interventions geared towards strengthening of agricultural service delivery mechanism in Suriname.

The project will run from June to December 2021.

IICA expects to support Suriname with institutional resources to attend the technical cooperation needs of the agricultural sector within the framework of the emergency generated by the pandemic.

IICA ofrece un curso sobre medidas de prevención para el sector agropecuario ante la pandemia de COVID-19

  • 15 April 2021

El Curso de IICA sobre medidas de prevención para el sector agropecuario ante la pandemia busca reforzar y complementar los esfuerzos nacionales para llevar adelante una gestión eficiente de prevención. Está dirigido a todos los actores de la cadena alimentaria; es gratuito y autogestionado.

IICA - Caribbean Agricultural MSMES Bolster Capacities to Strengthen Exports in the Aftermath of the Pandemic

  • 10 September 2020

Caribbean micro, small and medium-sized businesses, operated by youth and women, are preparing and building capacities to enable them to profit from international and intraregional trade in the aftermath of the pandemic.

The impact of the pandemic in the Caribbean has brought to light the urgency of moving away from training based on generic concepts, with a business planning and food processing-related focus, towards specialized, applied training, tailored to the current situation.

IICA - Multilateralism, Open Trade and Family Farming Will Pave the Way to Economic Recovery and Food Security in the Americas

  • 23 July 2020

Rebeca Grynspan, Ibero-American Secretary General (SEGIB), and Cassio Luiselli, member of the Advisory Council for Food Security in the Americas, discussed these scenarios and proposed adequate responses for strengthening cooperation between countries and mitigating the effects of the pandemic.

They noted that, in order to drive economic reactivation and food security in the Latin American and Caribbean region, it will be necessary to capitalize on the potential of multilateralism, maintain the flow of goods, minimize trade barriers, foster production chains with greater value added, improve food marketing and distribution, and strengthen family farming.

Medidas de política y acciones del sector agroalimentario frente al COVID -19

  • 20 July 2020

En este espacio mantendremos actualizadas las medidas que están tomando los países para: 1)  mitigar los efectos del COVID-19 sobre el sector alimentario, y 2) medidas de preparación para acelerar la recuperación y continuidad de la actividad agroalimentaria luego de que se contenga la propagación del virus.

IICA and PROCAGICA Distribute Seeds and Inputs to Bolster the Food Security of Small-Scale Nicaraguan Coffee Farmers

  • 24 June 2020

The Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA) and the Central American Program for Integrated Coffee Rust Management (PROCAGICA) collaborated to distribute seeds and inputs to coffee farmers in several districts in Nicaragua, as part of strategic actions to assist in reducing rural vulnerability triggered by Covid-19.

The objective is to reduce vulnerability in two ways: by supporting the production of food with short cycle crops and offering farmers the opportunity to earn income by selling crop surpluses.

IICA - As the Pandemic Progresses, Inequalities and Food Insecurity in Latin America are on the Rise

  • 19 June 2020

Representatives from multilateral organizations were convened to a meeting of the Summit Working Group of the Organization of American States (OAS), in which they analyzed the main repercussions of the global health crisis on the agrifood chain and the measures applied by countries to bridge the ever increasing gaps.

Addressing the virtual meeting, the Director General of the Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA), Manuel Otero, spoke about the impact of Covid-19 on food security, value chains and intraregional trade.

IICA - Rural Youth of the Americas Share Requirements for Becoming Involved in Building the New Post-Covid-19 Agriculture

  • 17 June 2020

“The opinions, knowledge and experience of youth must be taken into account. We must participate in the development of strategies and ensure that any policies implemented are well-targeted, based on our knowledge of limitations and opportunities within the sector, as well as our vision for agriculture”, stated Andrea Paredes, a Guatemalan coffee farmer and the representative for Central America in the forum.

IICA Launches Virtual Forums to Engage Rural Youth in the Americas In Post-Covid-19 Agricultural Rebuilding Efforts

  • 11 June 2020

Enhancing the involvement of Latin American and Caribbean rural youth in the political, economic and productive spheres, in efforts to rebuild in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic, is the aim of a series of virtual forums, organized by the Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA), beginning on June 12.

The forums will engage youth throughout the region, as part of IICA’s actions to assist in toppling barriers that are restricting this sector’s access to education, technology, employment, production resources, land ownerships and health services, to name a few.

IICA - Nobel Prize Winner Michael Kremer will Participate in an IICA Seminar On Responding to Covid-19 in Latin America and the Caribbean Through the Digitalization of Agriculture

  • 9 June 2020

Kremer and the Institute’s Director General, Manuel Otero, will discuss the opportunities available to increase agricultural productivity through the use of digital tools: a fundamental way to support the sector within the context of the current pandemic as well as transform rural areas into areas of progress that generate job opportunities.

"Covid-19 has not only created a health crisis, but also an economic crisis in the long term. For many people, the pandemic is also generating a food security crisis. In the midst of this situation and the emergency measures that have been adopted, we must look ahead and find opportunities to shape the future”, explained.

IICA - Caribbean Ministers of Agriculture Explore Funding Options to Mitigate the Effects of the Pandemic on Agriculture

  • 8 June 2020

During a videoconference, representatives of financial institutions, development organizations and donors informed the ministers of funding alternatives and resources available to strengthen agriculture, with special emphasis on food security, resilience, economic recovery, technological innovation, sustainable use of resources and the preservation of biodiversity, among other areas.

The meeting was organized by the Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA) and the Secretariat of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), as part of their efforts to strengthen agriculture in the region. 

Altos funcionarios de gobiernos y representantes del sector lácteo debaten el impacto del COVID-19 y el futuro de la lechería en las Américas

  • 3 June 2020

“Cambiará nuestra preocupación por lo que consumimos y cómo nos relacionamos, al ser más conscientes que ante determinadas circunstancias todos somos iguales”, dijo el ministro uruguayo Carlos María Uriarte. En el ámbito internacional, “seguiremos preocupados por el acceso a los mercados”, en particular por el cierre temporal de China ante la pandemia.

Cooperatives and Associations are Vital in Strengthening the Contribution of Family Farming to Food Supply

  • 27 May 2020

The President of Cooperatives of the Americas indicated that, “This sector can offer many contributions, for example, inter-cooperation among savings and loan cooperatives that provide financing to farmers’ cooperatives and to individual small farmers to get ahead and to stay afloat in this complex climate. Consumer cooperatives can also assist farming cooperatives to place their products in the market”.

SAS- Summit Talks

  • 26 May 2020

This webinar falls under the cooperation initiatives being pursued by the Summits of the Americas Secretariat within the framework of implementation of the Mechanism for Follow-up and Implementation of the Lima Commitment, with the participating states, Joint Summit Working Group (JSWG) entities, and civil society and social actors.

El tipo de cambio, el sector agroalimentario y el COVID-19

  • 25 May 2020

En este blog mantendremos registro de la evolución de los tipos de cambio y sus efectos sobre el sector agroalimentario. 

IICA - Agrifood Chains Must Make Greater use of Biotechnology and Innovations to Overcome post-COVID-19 Challenges

  • 20 May 2020

“Prior to Covid-19 technology gaps already existed in the region. Digital tools will be required to restore distribution channels – technologies that improve the efficiency of food production to make better use of agricultural products and surpluses, and others that ensure health, safety, quality and traceability”, said Murano, who is currently the director of the Norman E. Borlaug Institute for International Agricultural of Texas A&M University.

Countries of the Americas express broad support for IICA’s strategy in light of the pandemic/IICA

  • 7 May 2020
Countries of the Americas express broad support for IICA’s strategy in light of the pandemic/IICA

The Special Advisory Commission on Management Issues (SACMI), a special mechanism that advises the General Directorate of the Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA) and is comprised of nine member countries, expressed broad, unanimous support for the hemispheric agency’s strategy to overcome the challenges of the pandemic. Among other things, the Institute is strengthening actions to support its member countries as well as implementing austerity and flexibility measures across all of its operations.

EU and IICA launch app to recommend preventive measures for the agrifood sector during COVID-19/IICA

  • 7 May 2020
EU and IICA launch app to recommend preventive measures for the agrifood sector during COVID-19/IICA

The initiative, which is being implemented within the framework of the AGRO-INNOVA project, is geared towards agricultural producers and workers in the field as well as those involved in distribution, transportation, agroindustry operations, supply centers, wholesale markets and local fairs.

Vulnerabilidad alimentaria ante el COVID-19

  • 1 May 2020

El IICA elaboró un Índice que permite aproximar el nivel de vulnerabilidad alimentaria de los países de las Américas ante el Covid-19. Tras analizar los posibles canales de trasmisión y capacidad de respuesta de los países de la región a la actual pandemia del coronavirus, se construyó el índice a partir de cuatro variables

La Pandemia fomenta un nuevo aprecio por quienes alimentan el Mundo

  • 29 April 2020
La Pandemia fomenta un nuevo aprecio por quienes alimentan el Mundo

La pandemia de neumonía por coronavirus (COVID-19) ha cambiado drásticamente nuestra vida diaria, así como las perspectivas mundiales sobre lo que es importante. Alrededor del mundo las personas aplauden el increíble trabajo y la dedicación de los profesionales de la salud, quienes luchan en el frente de batalla contra esta crisis sanitaria. Sin embargo, como sociedad, hemos prestado atención también al trabajo esencial realizado en silencio por los hombres y las mujeres que a diario siguen poniendo al mundo en marcha: obreros industriales, quienes mantienen la línea de producción en movimiento; empleados de tiendas de comestibles, que colocan la mercadería en los estantes; y los agricultores y ganaderos, quienes trabajan incansablemente para alimentar al mundo.