Late and erratic rains affected long-rains cereal crop production in southern and eastern parts of the country.

Numerous activities have been planned this year to celebrate the International Year of Quinoa, and we are now preparing for the International Year of Family Farming. Both events serve to raise awareness about the need to protect and strengthen Latin America’s traditional agricultural production systems and promote them among governments
and international organizations to ensure they become a political priority. These traditional systems contribute directly to the food security and incomes of millions of small-scale farmers and their families in Latin America and the Caribbean who, in turn, make it possible for millions of people in the region to have access to vegetables, meat products and fish.

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