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USDA Partners with Inter-American Institute for Cooperation to Improve Agricultural Capacity in Western Hemisphere

SAN JOSE, COSTA RICA, October 08, 2010 – John D. Brewer, administrator of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Foreign Agricultural Service, and Dr. Victor M. Villalobos, director general of the Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA), announced a joint effort to raise the technical capacities of the IICA and increase the number of agricultural experts working at the Institute’s headquarters in Costa Rica.

"Since 1942, USDA and IICA have built a strong and lasting partnership," said Brewer. "Placing more agricultural experts at the Institute through the Associate Professional Officer Program helps promote stability in agriculture and trade among the IICA’s 34 member countries. I commend Dr. Villalobos for his vision and commitment to strengthening agricultural cooperation within the Western Hemisphere."

Brewer and Villalobos also announced a joint USDA and IICA effort to assist in the recovery and revitalization of the agricultural sector in Haiti. With USDA funding, IICA will implement a program of training and technical assistance for the Haitian Ministry of Agriculture, Rural Development and Natural Resources, as well as non-governmental organizations and the private sector.

Administrator Brewer and Dr. Villalobos are participating in the 30th meeting of IICA’s Executive Committee in San Jose, Costa Rica.



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