A technical partnership with a focus on agribusiness and the mitigation of global warming effects was the topic of a meeting held early this week in Brasília between the Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA) and the French Development Agency (AFD).
Based in Costa Rica, the IICA is the international agency specializing in agriculture of the Inter-American System, formed by 34 states. The AFD is the French government body focusing on financial cooperation with the public sector in other countries. The AFD’s main mission is to fight climate change through projects linked to the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions and the promotion of renewable energy, for instance.
In the meeting, the IICA presented itself to the AFD as the facilitator of technical cooperation in a number of issues linked to the field and sustainability. “We unveiled to the French agency our plans of operating jointly in projects on agriculture and livestock, expressing our willingness to support it, particularly in initiatives to take place in Paraguay,” said Caio Rocha, IICA’s regional coordinator for the south.
On the occasion, AFD showed its interest in financially contributing to the projects in the Northeast of Brazil, with the Inter-American Institute as bridge and the possible executor of programs. “With its expertise, the IICA may collaborate in initiatives linked to the management of water resources, production projects, the construction of biological corridors, rainwater collection, and field-livestock-forest integration projects,” said Hernán Chiriboga, IICA representative in Brazil.