San José, Sep 17 (EFE) .- The Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA) announced this Friday a Central American contest to reward the development of bio-businesses in the coffee chain and also highlighted the contributions of a regional coffee program in rural communities of El Salvador and Honduras.
IICA launched the contest “Biocafé: experiences of bio-businesses in the coffee chain”, which aims to recognize entrepreneurs, companies and organizations that develop value proposals, experiences and bioeconomy ventures in this productive chain.
The winners will receive cash prizes for the purchase of supplies and services, scholarships to participate in specialization courses in the bioeconomy area and the opportunity to be part of a network to support bio-entrepreneurship through mentoring and capacity building, he explained. the Institute.
The contest is aimed at producers, entrepreneurs, associations, cooperatives and micro, small and medium-sized companies related to the coffee chain in Guatemala, Belize, Honduras, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Panama and the Dominican Republic.
The 5 winners will be announced on November 5.
This initiative has the support of organizations such as the Costa Rica Coffee Institute (ICAFE), the Central American Agricultural Council (CAC), the INNOVA AF-IICA Project, the BIOMATEC consultancy, The Bridge Biofoundry, Fixe Studio Digital, the Bioeconomy of the University of Buenos Aires, Argentina (Bio-FAUBA), among others.
On Friday, IICA highlighted the support that the Central American Program for the Comprehensive Management of Coffee Rust (PROCAGICA) is providing to rural communities in El Salvador and Honduras.
For example, the institute reported that the program provides technical assistance and support for the planting of 434 hectares of beans and corn in the Salvadoran departments of La Paz, Cuscatlán, San Vicente, Usulután and San Miguel, as a contribution to the fertilization and phytosanitary protection plan. of these crops and to facilitate access to food for small producers and their families in these places.
At IICA, he explained that in the face of the economic crisis caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, Salvadoran coffee farming has further limited income generation for small coffee farmers, which has put the food security of their families at risk.