Government authorities from New Zealand visited FONTAGRO to discuss projects involving adaptation to climate change.
Mr. Mark Sinclair, Climate Change Ambassador, and representatives from New Zealand’s Embassy in Washington D.C. and FONTAGRO’s representatives.
(Washington, D.C., October 14, 2016) New Zealand Government authorities visited FONTAGRO’s offices, led by the Climate Change Ambassador of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Mr. Mark Sinclair, who was accompanied by the following officials from New Zealand’s Embassy in Washington, D.C.: First Secretary of Trade and Agriculture Janine Collier and Second Secretary of Trade and the Environment Murray Bruges.
During the meeting, which was attended by FONTAGRO’s Executive Secretary and its Administrator, ongoing projects that are part of FONTAGRO’s cooperation with New Zealand’s Government were analyzed. Other issues discussed included livestock farming climate change, implementing climate-smart technologies in agriculture, and drafting public policies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in agricultural production; all within the context of food security in the region.
FONTAGRO and the GRA
As part of its collaboration with New Zealand, FONTAGRO was recently incorporated as a member of the Global Research Alliance on Agricultural Greenhouse Gases, which brings together 46 countries interested in increasing more food without growing greenhouse gas emissions from agriculture. The Council is currently chaired by Mexico and its secretariat is based in New Zealand which supports the work of the Council and research groups.
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FONTAGRO is a unique regional cooperation mechanism that promotes family farming innovation, competitiveness, and food security. It was established in 1998 and it includes fifteen member countries that have contributed a capital of some $100 million. FONTAGRO is sponsored by the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and the Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA). Its Technical Administrative Secretariat is based at IDB headquarters in Washington, D.C. FONTAGRO has cofinanced more than 100 projects and initiatives in its member countries for an approximate amount of $88.7 million, including contributions from other sources of funding and executing agencies. Its member countries are Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Honduras, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Spain, Uruguay, and Venezuela.
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