Advancing Latin American Ties: Unveiling The Renewed USDEC & IICA Partnership
The U.S. Dairy Export Council (USDEC) and the Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA) this week renewed a partnership to advance Latin American ties. Their main aim is to advance cooperation between the organizations in promoting and harmonizing science-based standards related to food and agriculture.
MOU To Advance Latin American Ties
The memorandum of understanding (MOU) builds upon four years of collaboration between USDEC and IICA and organizes a set of objectives focused on jointly supporting the development and implementation of science-based regulations via national level capacity building and participation in international standard setting forums. The agreement also commits the organizations to working to enhance the collaboration between government and private sector stakeholders to support the critical role of livestock in the global food system and sharing sustainable productivity growth best practices.
Testimonials On The Partnership
“Working as a united front to advance regulations grounded in science is critical as we seek to limit barriers to global dairy and agriculture trade flows,” says Krysta Harden, president and CEO of USDEC. “Latin America serves as an important trading partner and natural ally in advancing issues of common concern. Our trip to Mexico and Costa Rica over the past week has reinforced the need for closer collaboration — a move we are taking today through extending our partnership with IICA.”
“We are delighted to welcome the U.S. dairy delegation to our headquarters,” says Manuel Otero, director general of IICA. “U.S. dairy is one of IICA’s most valued partners representing the voice of hard-working farmers as well as manufacturers. The U.S. dairy industry is committed to not just providing food security for the United States, but for the world. We are grateful for the visionary leadership of USDEC and Dairy Management Inc. in areas of innovation for productivity, sustainability and technology.”
Expanding Horizons In Latin America
IICA has a membership of 34 countries in the Americas, including the United States.
The MOU between USDEC and IICA complements similar agreement signed last year with Sociedad Rural Argentina and the Chilean Federacion Nacional de Productores de Leche, which further seeks to advance Latin American ties by strengthening USDEC’s relationships in the region.
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