Ministers, Deputy Ministers and Secretaries of Agriculture Tereza Cristina (Brazil), Tanlly Vera (Ecuador), María Emilia Undurraga (Chile), Samantha Marshall (Antigua and Barbuda), Natasha Kim (Canada), Lily Pacas (El Salvador), Bettina Aguilera (Paraguay), Judith Ordóñez (Honduras), Miriam Guzmán (Dominican Republic) and Martha Rodríguez (Colombia) participated in the forum, alongside Manuel Otero (Director General of IICA), Rebeca Grynspan (SEGIB) and journalist Karla Iberia Sánchez (as moderator).

(Inter American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture Press Release)  Within the framework of the UN Food Systems Pre-Summit inaugurated this Monday in Rome, the I Forum of Ministers and Vice Ministers of Agriculture of the Americas was formally established as an entity whose mission is to improve public policies and spotlight the role of women in rural development, favouring the full recognition of their rights.
 
The inauguration, which was attended by the female ministers, secretaries and deputy ministers of 12 countries of the Americas, was a key step to institutionalizing a space to propose specific policies to promote the sustainable development of agrifood systems through recognizing the crucial contribution of the continent’s rural women to eradicating extreme poverty and hunger.
 
The meeting at which the Forum was established was convened by the Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA) and held at the Brazilian Embassy in Rome concurrent with the Food Systems Pre-Summit that runs through 28 July in the Italian capital.
 
Participants included Samantha Marshall, Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries of Antigua and Barbuda; Tereza Cristina, Minister of Agriculture, Livestock and Food Supply of Brazil; María Emilia Undurraga, Minister of Agriculture of Chile; Tanlly Vera, Minister of Agriculture and Livestock of Ecuador; Jewel H. Bronaugh, Deputy Secretary of Agriculture of the United States; and Natasha Kim, Assistant Deputy Minister for Agriculture and Agri-Food of Canada.

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