The Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA) stated on Tuesday that it would cooperate with the Brazilian municipality of Santa Clara do Sul, in the state of Rio Grande do Sul, and the Peruvian region of Huancavelica in organic production projects to strengthen and position organic production models.
As detailed by IICA, Santa Clara do Sul will implement the Santa Clara Mais Saudável program to develop a culture of production and consumption of healthy, pesticide-free foods. The Andean regional government, in turn, will implement the Huancavelica Organic Region program to increase the area devoted to organic production in Peru, reduce poverty rates, increase the income of producers, and improve the people's quality of life.
The agreement establishes that IICA and the Inter-American Commission on Organic Agriculture (ICOA) will support both localities in the identification of successful cases to share, and will coordinate and facilitate the technical contributions that both governments require in order to develop the organic activity.
The Director-General of IICA, Manuel Otero, said that the transformations in agriculture are going to deepen and that it was time to start thinking, not only about producing high volumes but also quality products, i.e. more nutritious and healthy foods.
One of the objectives of the agreement is to increase the number of regions incorporated into the organic agriculture system, as an example of social, productive, commercial, and environmentally sustainable production. It also seeks to position organic agriculture as an innovative production system that contributes to inclusion in matters of gender and youth, the IICA highlighted.
The agreement also promotes cooperation in objectives such as certification for international markets, the adoption of new technologies, support for participation in the Madrid Organic Food Fair 2021, the relationship with universities, and the introduction to bio-economy as a tool to improve productivity and make better use of resources.
Source: Efe / eldiario.es