San Jose, 31 October 2019 (IICA) – Corteva Agriscience has joined the network of strategic partners of the Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA), through the signing of an agreement that will facilitate market access for producers, boost the competitiveness of agribusinesses, and increase productivity on farms through broader access to agricultural supplies in the Americas.
The cooperation agreement, which was announced during the 2019 Conference of Ministers of Agriculture of the Americas, was signed by Ana Claudia Cerasoli, President for the Meso-Andean Region at Corteva Agriscience, and Manuel Otero, Director General of IICA.
“Digital agriculture will not only impact farmers, but all links in the production chain, including consumers, who are becoming more informed and more demanding”, indicated Cerasoli.
“Corteva Agriscience and IICA recognize the important role played by public-private partnerships in agricultural development initiatives”, remarked Otero.
The memorandum of understanding is part of IICA’s strategy to significantly increase its interaction with the private sector, in order to provide the Western Hemisphere’s agriculture sector with concrete solutions to overcome climate change, as well to tackle social and production challenges.
The Corteva Agriscience-IICA partnership has already yielded positive results, with the creation and launch of the book Warriors – Rural Women Around the World. Moreover, Corteva also provided support for the photographic exhibit The Soul of Rurality, which was organized by IICA and Vogue Magazine in various Latin American cities and in Spain. These initiatives seek to raise awareness about the role of women in the development of rural territories.
In collaboration with Corteva Agriscience, IICA led an intense public discussion on the pivotal role of rural women. These activities were organized in celebration of the International Day of Rural Women, for which seminars and debates were held in Brasilia, Buenos Aires, Mexico City, Madrid, Montevideo, San Jose and San Salvador.
Cerasoli maintained that, “We will continue to work together to assist food producers and consumers. We want to ensure that they can boost their production and quality, even with few resources”.