IICA and World Vision sign agreement: Agreement will contribute to ensuring food security in Central America

San Jose, 2 November 2021 (World Vision) – The Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA) and World Vision, a humanitarian non-governmental organization, signed a technical cooperation agreement aimed at contributing to strengthening food security for the most vulnerable populations of the so-called Central American Dry Corridor.

33 million people in the subregion have been affected by extreme events brought about by climate change, unemployment and a lack of access to food, according to the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs’ (OCHA) humanitarian needs assessment. Of these, 8.3 million need urgent humanitarian aid across Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador. Extreme poverty in these communities is one of the main drivers of illegal immigration, both to the United States and to other Central American nations.

Faced with this reality, the signatory organizations have committed to working to create and promote livelihoods that will allow families to access food and to develop capacities at the community level to ensure food security for the most vulnerable populations, particularly through creating conditions of employability and digital technology use for young people.

“Here at World Vision, we are combining our 40-year presence in the region, a solid network of alliances with governments, civil society and community-based organizations, and our faith for child protection with the indisputable technical capacity of IICA to generate solutions from the perspective of climate-smart agriculture, developing livelihoods and generating employment opportunities”, stated Joao Diniz, Regional Leader of World Vision for Latin America and the Caribbean.

Manuel Otero, Director General of IICA, commented that for “work to have an impact and to produce concrete results, we need solid alliances”, and indicated that these partnerships “are what was missing to face and overcome the challenges imposed by the climate crisis, especially in an extremely vulnerable region that needs massive support to ensure a better future for hundreds of thousands of rural families”.

In total, 7.3 million people face difficulties accessing foods and ensuring a healthy, balanced diet due to persistent droughts or floods that destroy crops and upset the supply chains. For this reason, IICA and World Vision are joining forces within the framework of a cooperation agreement to provide aid to the most vulnerable communities of the Dry Corridor.

Featured Image – Joao Diniz, Líder Regional da World Vision na América Latina e no Caribe.; e Manuel Otero, Diretor Geral do IICA.

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