Harper Government Assists Rural Development in Nicaragua

Sun Feb 17, 2013 12:32pm EST

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Canadian International Development Agency - CIDA

February 17, 2013 - 12:32:19 PM

Harper Government Assists Rural Development in Nicaragua

MANAGUA, NICARAGUA--(Marketwire - Feb. 17, 2013) - Assisting developing
countries to increase sustainable economic growth in rural areas, and their
access to safe, nutritious food, is a priority for Canada's international
assistance. The Honourable Diane Ablonczy, Minister of State of Foreign
Affairs (Americas and Consular Affairs), on behalf of the Minister of
International Cooperation, the Honourable Julian Fantino, today announced $8.1
million in Canadian support for rural development in Nicaragua. 

Minister Ablonczy made the announcement during her visit to Managua, as part
of her mission to Central and South America. 

"With Canada's assistance, Nicaragua will continue to boost food production by
small-scale farmers, helping many Nicaraguan families get the food they need
to live safe, healthy and productive lives," said Minister Ablonczy. "Our
government will continue to support initiatives like this as part of our
efforts to help build prosperity for all of those who call the Americas home."

Canada's support, which will flow from the Canadian International Development
Agency (CIDA) until 2015, contributes to strengthening the agriculture and
forestry sector in Nicaragua. This project, delivered through the Government
of Nicaragua's Productive Rural Development Sector Program (known by its
Spanish acronym PRORURAL) helps to strengthen farmers' capacity to increase
the productivity and the quality of food production. 

PRORURAL aims to increase sustainable economic growth in rural areas, as well
as to provide increased access to safe, nutritious food for poor rural women
and men. PRORURAL assists farmers to diversify their crops and transform their
produce into higher-value products, and promotes sustainable use of forestry
resources and improved management of the forestry sector. 

Minister Ablonczy is on a four country tour of Central and South America in
support of Canada's engagement in the Americas-a foreign policy priority since

For more information on Canada's assistance to Nicaragua, please visit the
Canadian International Developing Agency (CIDA) website. 

For more information on Minister Ablonczy's tour of Latin America, please
visit the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade (DFAIT)

Daniel Bezalel Richardsen
Press Secretary to the Minister of International Cooperation

Media Relations Office
Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA)
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