San José, .- The Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA) reported Thursday that it has strengthened an alliance with the International Center for Maize and Wheat Improvement (CIMMYT), in order to work on the growth of the agricultural sector in Mexico .
IICA, based in Costa Rica, explained that the objective is to develop strategic projects on sustainable agriculture and livestock, family farming, rural development with a territorial approach, and public policy for the benefit of the agri-food sector.
The Representative of IICA in Mexico, Diego Montenegro, and the Global Director of Strategic Research of CIMMYT, Bram Govaerts, met in Mexico and defined future lines of collaboration.
“There are collaboration spaces to support issues such as soil and water resources management, program zoning, verification of the application of programs, operating rules, and the bioeconomy with a vision of added value, as well as promoting technological development with Mexican corn, “Montenegro said in a statement from IICA.
For his part, Govaerts detailed that CIMMYT seeks to strengthen the public-private partnership and generate technological accompaniment actions for the development of agriculture and to advance towards food security in Mexico, through research, development and technology transfer within the reach of producers .
Both representatives agreed that this alliance represents a challenge to find solutions to the challenges of the field, but it also represents an opportunity to provide technical cooperation for the accompaniment and strengthening of strategic programs.
IICA highlighted that this type of agreement is in accordance with the five thematic axes that it is currently promoting for its cooperation projects with the countries of the Americas and the Caribbean.
These axes are bioeconomy and productive development; climate change, natural resources and productive risk management; agricultural health, food safety and quality; international trade and regional integration; and territorial development and family agriculture. (EFE)