By Benjamin Flowers
Ministers of Agriculture from all over Central and South America are preparing to hold a high level meeting on the Riviera Maya, Mexico, to discuss pertinent issues.
The meeting, facilitated by the Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture, will be held from October 19-23, under the theme “Sustainable Agricultural Productivity and Rural Inclusion.”
At the meeting ministers, experts, and representatives of international organizations from 34 countries will discuss issues such as climate change and its effects, productivity, and technical cooperation among member states.
IICA representative for Belize, Dr. Dowlat Budhram, explained that as a member of IIC, as well as the Central American Integration system (SICA), Belize’s attendance is important at this meeting, which is held every two years.
“The meetings are the highest forum in Latin America and the Caribbean that deals with policy issues and strategies that affect agriculture and the rural sector in the whole hemisphere,” Budhram said.
“It also presents an opportunity for Belize to network with and receive support from other member states.”
Chief Executive officer in the Ministry of Agriculture, Jose Alpuche is scheduled to attend the meeting.
Belize has been a member of IICa since 1992, and was the last Central American country to join. Belize also ranks among the last Caribbean Community (CARICOM) countries to join the IICA.