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TFO Canada and IICA conclude a Partnership Agreement

Friday, November 20, 2009 > 11:19:49

The Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA) and TFO Canada have signed a general agreement on technical cooperation to enhance agro-export capacity of SMEs from Latin America and the Caribbean.  The agreement anticipates that TFO and IICA will undertake a number of joint activities including:

The provision of Canadian market access services (seminars and trade missions) for agro-food producers in the Americas

The co-development of an America Agro-food SME exporter training program

Partnering between TFO and local (national) IICA offices for TFO’s CIDA funded programs.

TFO and IICA jointly undertook training seminars on the Canadian market for agro-producers in Guyana as part of TFO’s ongoing CIDA-funded export development program for Guyana the last week of October.  Over the course of the next couple months IICA and TFO will begin offering a package of Canadian market access services for all IICA member states through their local offices and partners.  And early in 2010 TFO and IICA expect to begin course development work on a new agro-food exporter training program.

During 2007 and 2008 TFO Canada and IICA successfully cooperated, in Honduras and Haiti, on activities designed to contribute towards export awareness and capacity building and market access to Canada including linkages with buyers and ultimately new sales and business expansion for Honduran and Haitian agro-exporters.

About IICA
The Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture is a specialized agency of the Inter-American System. Its purpose is to provide technical support to its member states to achieve agricultural development and increasing well-being for rural populations. Through the Inter-American Program for the Promotion of Trade, Agribusiness and Food Safety, based in Miami, IICA supports small and medium sized agribusinesses of the Americas strengthening their export capacities, identifying market opportunities and providing information for decision making.

About TFO Canada
Trade Facilitation Office Canada (TFO Canada) is a non-profit organization created by the Canadian government in 1980 to help developing country exporters access the Canadian market place.  Through ongoing support from the Canadian International development Agency, TFO provides trade information on many segments of the Canadian market, including a wide range of food-related sectors.  This information as well as an export offer promotion service are available free of charge to developing country exporters via www.tfocanada.ca   TFO also regularly implements trade development projects such as trade seminars, consulting and advisory services, and trade missions and related market contact activities.

For more information regarding this agreement please contact:
For TFO Canada:
Brian Mitchell
Executive Director
E-mail: brian.mitchell@tfocanada.ca

Miguel García Winder
Directorate of Agribusiness Competitiveness and Head of the Inter-American Program for Trade, Agribusiness and Food Safety
E-mail: Miguel.Garcia@iica.int


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