The Advisory Council for Food Security in the Americas, coordinated by the Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA), made a recommendation to pay close attention to the role of small-scale farming.
The Council is suggesting that this be done by enhancing access to credit and supporting cooperatives, rural insurance and short trade circuits, especially of perishable goods.
These conclusions were reached after the first meeting of the Council, created by IICA in light of the Covid-19 health emergency, which is comprised of nine renowned agriculture specialists from different countries in the hemisphere.
Manuel Otero, Director General of IICA, was also present during this first meeting of experts.
The advisory group will draft a document including proposals, future scenarios and medium- term measures that will underpin the efforts made by the countries of the Americas to strengthen food security.