What is PROCINORTE?
PROCINORTE is the Cooperative Program in Agricultural Research and Technology, a regional mechanism that facilitates cooperative research activities of tri-lateral interest to Canada, Mexico and the United States.
To mutually strengthen agriculture related governmental and stakeholder collaboration in research and in support of the development of science-based policies to:
1) enhance sector productivity and competitiveness;
2) improve food safety and plant and animal health, and
3) contribute to capacity building through cooperation in science and technology
Members of PROCINORTE
PROCINORTE was founded in 1998 through an agreement between the public agricultural research institutes of the three countries in the Northern Region:
Science and Technology Branch, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada- (AAFC)
Agricultural Research Service (ARS) of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)
Instituto Nacional de Investigaciones Forestales Agrícolas y Pecuarias (INIFAP)
Also, a member is the Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA) that acts as Executive Secretariat.
PROCINORTE carries out the technical collaboration through specialized task forces on topics of priority for the three countries. Each task force is comprised of researchers and other specialists from the member countries. Currently, PROCINORTE works in Genetic Resources, Tree Fruits, Animal Health and Plant Health issues.
·Share knowledge on agreed priority themes by mobilizing public sector researchers and scientists, incorporating science relevant to regulation where appropriate.
·Strengthen mutually supportive regional networks in priority topics of relevance for agricultural trade.
· Contribute to the deliberations of regional/hemispheric agricultural science and technology bodies, in particular the Forum for the Americas on Agricultural Research and Technology Development (FORAGRO), the Global Forum on Agricultural Research (GFAR), the Global Conferences on Agricultural Research and Development (GCARD) and the G20 Meeting of Agricultural Chief Scientists (MACS).