Ministers of Agriculture of 34 countries in the Americas are in San Jose, Costa Rica, this week, to discuss pivotal issues for a sector that is key to the world’s food supply and whose development is an essential requirement for combating food insecurity and large-scale migration.
Ministers of Agriculture, the Hon. Eugene Hamilton and the Hon. Alexis Jeffers, are representing the Federation at the conference, which ends tomorrow (Oct. 31st).
The agenda for the Conference of Ministers of Agriculture of the Americas 2019 includes issues such as: rural inclusion in the digital era, striking a balance between productivity and sustainability, and the interaction among health, safety and international trade, all key elements for the hemisphere’s agriculture sector.
Costa Rica’s President, Carlos Alvarado, in welcoming the delegations, said “the challenges are daunting because the population is growing, we are faced with climate change, and……ensure that young people continue to work in agricultural production, and offer sustainable, healthy options for life.”
The meeting will provide an important opportunity to engage in dialogue and enable governments to forge partnerships with the private sector.