The Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA) and the Spanish Cooperation Agency (Aecid) have begun a new stage of collaboration for the construction of a common work agenda focused on Central America and some Caribbean countries, starting with Haiti.
According to a press release from IICA, the Director of Aecid, Magdy Martinez-Soliman, and the Director-General of IICA, Manuel Otero, held a virtual meeting to discuss the roadmap of this international cooperation.
“We agree on the importance of working together to support climate change, territorial development, family farming, bio-economy, productive development, gender and youth, technology and innovation, among other issues, ” Otero stated. The director of IICA also highlighted the body's full willingness to support the Spanish agency in the implementation of its agenda in the Americas.
Martinez-Soliman and Otero agreed on the need to convene the technical working groups they lead to create a shared agenda. The director of Aecid highlighted his interest in linking and working with specialized regional organizations.
IICA and Aecid have collaborated for years developing initiatives for Latin America and the Caribbean. These initiatives include Pideral -an Innovative Policies for Rural Territorial Development project that was executed in Costa Rica, Ecuador, Peru, and the Dominican Republic- and Arauclima -a financial protection effort for drought management and adaptation to face the water scarcity in agriculture in the Central American Dry Corridor. This project is currently underway and it provides technical assistance to approximately 300 families in Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador; one of the most vulnerable regions in the world.