Panama will strengthen the agricultural sector

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    This week the FAO announced in a report an increase of rural poverty and the hunger that exists in the rural areas of the Central American countries. To solve this problem, authorities should increase food production for years to come, which is why the agricultural authorities of Panama announced the creation of new products and investments to strengthen the sector.

    Luis Carles, a technician from the Ministry of Agricultural Development (MIDA), said that they will invest $ 10 million in projects within indigenous communities. The plan will be aimed at strengthening family farming and establishing a registry of all family farmers to be able to access the models and follow up on the projects.

    “An important aspect of the family farming plan is that it opens spaces for the development of indigenous communities,” said Carles, while noting that the family farming plan developed with the support of FAO and civil society organizations. It was launched a few weeks ago in Panama, after a period of consultations and several workshops that lasted about three years.

    For his part, the president of the National Family Agriculture Dialogue Committee of Panama (Conadaf), Modesto Figueroa, explained that eleven regional committees participate in the initiative, representing around 360 family farming associations and 280,000 family farmers.

    The member of Conadaf explained that the plan includes seven strategic lines, including governance and institutionality, financing and agricultural insurance, rural research and production and marketing and marketing.

    The initiative is focused on organic agriculture, which has a much more sustainable and efficient added value so that they can reach consumer centers and consumers, the official said.

    Of the $ 10 million from the adaptation fund, $ 4.5 million are for the Ministry of Environment’s execution for conservation issues, $ 4.5 million for the MIDA in the execution of resilience funds for the agricultural sector and one million for Etesa to establish 30 climate monitoring stations in the Santamaría and Chiriquí Viejo river basins.

    This occurs in the context of an increase in hunger, poverty and climate change. It is estimated that 294 million people (46% of the population) suffer some form of malnutrition, and between 2014 and 2016, both poverty and extreme poverty increased by two percentage points each, 48.6% and 22.5%, according to data from FAO.

    Source: La Estrella Panamá