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Posted: Friday, June 1, 2018. 8:05 p.m. CST.

By BBN Staff:  The Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA) delegation in Belize held an accountability seminar on May 30, 2018, at the National Agriculture and Trade Showgrounds in Belmopan City.

  The annual event provides an opportunity for the IICA delegation to reflect on the progress made over the past year.

 The seminar was attended by 36 representatives including stakeholders from the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries, Forestry, Environment, Sustainable Development, private and civil society stakeholders, two primary schools and other participants with whom IICA work in close collaboration for the development of the agriculture sector in Belize

IICA’s Technical Coordinator gave a presentation of the significant accomplishments in 2017.

These included the successful negotiation of a project for the productivity enhancement of banana farms through integrated soil fertility management in the banana belt Area of Belize, with the European Union, the Banana Growers Association and the University of Belize.

The total value of this project is Euro 2,302,023.

IICA also rorted on the systematizing experiences in good agricultural practices for integrated family agriculture in three indigenous communities in southern Belize’s Toledo District.

Another highlight included the strengthening of the Belize National Extension Service by providing technical support to the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries, Forestry, the Environment, Sustainable Development and Immigration (MAFFESDI) in identifying the most important information needed by farmers and the extension service and developing a strategy for the exchanging information between the farmer and the Ministry of Agriculture.

The delegation established and hosted the first roundtable for international development partners interested in aligning efforts and exploring opportunities for collaboration on government prioritized joint initiatives to strengthen the agriculture sector in the country.

A total of 16 agencies are members of this roundtable including the British High Commission, the Brazilian Embassy, the Chilean Embassy, the Embassy of Mexico, the Embassy of Peru, the Embassy of Taiwan ROC, CARDI, FAO, EU, IDB, INCAP-PAHO/WHO, OIRSA, and UNDP.

 An overview of the Technical Cooperation Agenda for 2018 was also presented during the seminar.

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