Harper Government Assists Rural Development in Nicaragua

Sun Feb 17, 2013 12:32pm EST

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  MANAGUA, NICARAGUA, Feb 17 (MARKET WIRE) --
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 2007. 

    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)
website. 

Contacts:
Daniel Bezalel Richardsen
Press Secretary to the Minister of International Cooperation
819-953-6238
danielbezalel.richardsen@acdi-cida.gc.ca

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