United States Ambassador to the United Nations agricultural and food agencies visits Honduras

Comayagua.-   Ambassador Gaddi Vásquez, United States Representative to FAO and WFP in Rome visited Honduras from May 16 to 18, in order to learn about different projects funded through US resources.

The United Nations agricultural and food agencies (FAO and WFP) have an important role in world food security by aiming their efforts towards agricultural modernization and development, guaranteeing global nutrition and tending to emergency situations, especially in rural areas, where 70% of the world’s population in precarious situation actually live.
Ambassador Vásquez during his visit to one of the farms.

Ambassador Gaddi Vásquez learns about the growth phases of eggplant.

During his stay, Ambassador Vásquez had the opportunity to visit farms owned by FTDA´s beneficiaries and learn about the experiences gathered in their process to become small agricultural entrepreneurs.

Acting as hosts, José Arturo Chavarría, Gerardo Alfredo López and Douglas Misael Serrano, guided the group through the 25-day-crop plantations of plantain and eggplant, which are in the last harvest stage.  The visiting group included: Ambassador Vásquez, and a press team integrated by the following journalists:  Rodrigo Urrego from Colombia, Claudio Sequeiro, from Brazil; Leonardo Torresi from Argentina; Horacio Jiménez from  México; Jackeline Cáceres from El Salvador; and Jackeline Cáceres, Marilyn Méndez, Lucía Alvarado, Marlon Gonzales and  Oscar Hernández from Honduras.

Ambassador Vasquez official delegation also included Lillian deValcourt-Ayala, Press and Cultural Director of the US Embassy in Rome, and Jesse Curtis, State Department International Relations Officer.  The country visit was coordinated by Chantal Dalton, Amy Christianson y Ledy Pacheco of the US Embassy in Honduras.

Representing MCA-Honduras Rural Development Project, the Honduran delegation included Fredi Arias, Andrew Medlicott, Ricardo Lardizabal, Raul Handal and Orly Ardila, as well as Carol Elwin, Deputy Country Director of MCC in Honduras.

Ambassador Vásquez also had access to the experiences developed by other USAID, USDA, FIDA, FAO and WFP projects financed with US funding, and enthusiastically expressed his satisfaction and faith in the positive economic impact to be obtained by FTDA beneficiaries.

Ambassador Vásquez and national and international journalists visit Ajuterique’s farms..





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