Within the framework of the VIII Meeting of the INNOVAGRO Network “, Horacio Rodríguez Vázquez, Climate and Food Security Coordinator for Latin America at The Nature Conservancy (TNC), presented the main innovations that the Resilient Central America (ResCA) project is promoting in the region, including Healthy Agricultural Systems (SAS) that are more productive and more resilient to climate change.
Lima, Perú. 24 de octubre, 2018. –
Within the framework of the VIII Meeting of the INNOVAGRO Network ” looking for solutions for sustainable food security”, Horacio Rodríguez Vázquez, Climate and Food Security Coordinator for Latin America at The Nature Conservancy (TNC), presented some of the main innovations that the Centroamérica Resiliente (ResCA) project is promoting in the region, including Healthy Agricultural Systems(SAS) that are more productive and more resilient to climate change.
In his speech, Horacio Rodríguez stressed that “the achievement of long-term food security will only be possible by incorporating innovations that enhance the synergies between the productive systems and the natural ecosystems that sustain them, and promoting a landscape approach with shared benefits for agriculture, nature, and people.” He stressed that, “in the face of the challenge of climate change, the scaling-up of Healthy Agricultural Systems (SAS) should be a priority, as it represents a viable solution to ensure present and future access to basic inputs for food production: soil, water, and agrobiodiversity.”
In particular, he shared two success stories of innovations promoted by ResCA.
The first innovation is the “Tally” technology tool of the “This Fish Supplier Program” for the traceability of sustainable fisheries in Belize; which helps consumers make informed decisions about the authenticity, quality, and sustainability of the seafood that they eat. The other innovation is the generation and dissemination of agroclimatic information for bean and coffee production in Honduras. This latest innovation, implemented in collaboration with the International Centre for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT),received an award from the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) from the 2017 Lighthouse Activities: Momentum for Change at the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP23) in Bonn, Germany.
The event, organized by the Inter-American Institute for Cooperation for Agriculture (IICA), the INNOVAGRO Network, the National Agrarian University La Molina, the National Institute of Agricultural Innovation (INIA) of the Government of Peru and the Technological Center of the Auxiliary Industry, Post-Harvest and Fruit exchange (CTTecnova), involved approximately 200 people including producers, public officials, academics, students, representatives of the private sector, civil society organizations, and international organizations with a presence in Latin America.
Achieving long-term food security will only be possible by incorporating innovations that enhance synergies between the productive systems and the natural ecosystems that sustain them, promoting a landscape approach with shared benefits to agriculture, nature, and people.
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