Wagers are already being placed on how much of this will go into the pockets of government officials. The Director General of the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), José Graziano da Silva officially granted Costa Rica one million six hundred thousand dollars which will serve to give impetus to small producers. This shows that the UN has too much money that they are throwing blindly around.
The cooperative model offers unique solutions to “free people from hunger and poverty in a globalized world in which crises, including climate change, touch everyone”, President of Costa Rica Laura Chinchilla said today in a speech at FAO.
“FAO began a period in which the environment has become crucial, and it is because of Costa Rica’s same understanding that makes it a candidate for this donation because environmental protection is our hallmark,” explained Fernando Sanchez, Ambassador to the Vatican.
FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva held up Costa Rica as a model of the economic, social and environmental role that cooperatives can play. He cited the production by Costa Rican cooperatives of carbon neutral coffee as an example.
The contribution provided by FAO does not need to be paid back and will be delivered over the course of the next two years. Abraham explained that this amount will be used to implement programs to encourage the agriculture production sector.
Sanchez also explained: “We look to Costa Rica as a donor of knowledge, and with the experience and expertise gained from the projects organized by FAO, they can then be copied by others.”
Using her country as an example President Chinchilla stressed that cooperatives can make a major contribution to sustainable development and the competitiveness of small agricultural producers.
Graziano da Silva added that FAO, the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and the World Food Programme (WFP), are working together to identify new ways to support cooperatives.