Santo Domingo. The Dominican Agrarian Institute (IAD) and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)held a work discussion this Thursday, with the aim of joining forces in the process of institutional transformation.
Francisco Guillermo García, general director of the IAD valued the presence of the Fao representative in the country, Rodrigo Castañeda, regarding the plans developed by that organization through its department of rural development and family farming.
García and Castañeda pointed out the importance of marketing production, at a time when the IAD is working throughout the country to turn smallholders into small agricultural entrepreneurs, especially through the cooperative model.
According to the head of the IAD, the work discussion takes place at a time when the country and the world are facing the threat of a major food crisis, due to the war in Europe and the effects of global warming.
On his side, Rodrigo Castañeda stressed that the Dominican government is doing an excellent job in the field, which is reflected with an abundance of products in the markets, which contributes to the nation’s food security.
The FAO representative in the country thanked the invitation, since he assures that the IAD plays a very important role in the country’s agriculture, “we are very happy and together we will be able to work for rural development and family farming.”
He proposed to the director of the IAD to integrate the livestock settlements into the program that they are currently developing to promote models that increase the profitability and production of milk, free of carbon emissions with the planting of legumes and trees that provide shade; In addition, the project has a line of credit through the Agricultural Bank and technical assistance from the FAO.
Also present during the conversation were Geovanny Wallace, assistant to the director, as well as Ramón Soto, in charge of the International Cooperation office; Arsenio Toribio, Legal Consultant; Yrene López San Pablo and Leo Colón, in charge of Planning and Production, respectively.
Also for the FAO, Patricia Jiménez, in charge of Public-Private Partnerships and Andrés Cedano, technical officer of the FAO.