Latin America could feed the world, says IICA chief

January 16, 2018

Latin America has the agricultural potential to guarantee world food security, Manuel Otero, the newly elected director of the Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA), said Monday as he began the new job.

“Our America must become a great food processing factory,” said Otero, who is from Argentina. The hemispheric organization is headquartered in Costa Rica.

“It’s about intelligent industrialization based on our biological resources which, supported by science and technology, promote greater social diversity, international competitiveness and employment generation,” he added.

He said that the industrialization of agricultural production will allow Latin America to increase its commercial relevance.

Otero succeeds Víctor Villalobos, of Mexico, at the helm of the organization. The entity’s new director, a 66 year old veterinarian, says he seeks to make rural areas the protagonists in progress and new technologies, as opposed to the trend of the past decades of casting rural areas aside  “generators of poverty.”

You may be interested

5 questions for Costa Rican musician Debi Nova
Weekend Arts Spotlight
321 views
Weekend Arts Spotlight
321 views

5 questions for Costa Rican musician Debi Nova

Elizabeth Lang - February 17, 2018

Music as a way of life, a career, and a path toward achieving big dreams: that's what drives the Costa…

What to do in Costa Rica: concerts, culture and love around the country
Events
359 views
Events
359 views

What to do in Costa Rica: concerts, culture and love around the country

Elizabeth Lang - February 16, 2018

With Valentine’s Day just behind us, it’s time to celebrate love in all of its expressions, as well as Costa…

Waiting for the weekend
Tico Times Pic of the Day
312 views
Tico Times Pic of the Day
312 views

Waiting for the weekend

The Tico Times - February 16, 2018

It's Friday and this Aracari bird knows it! While appreciating the sunrise at the Caribbean side of the country, the…