Presentations and Documents of the PROCINORTE Board of Directors
Meeting – 2015

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BOARD OF DIRECTORS OF PROCINORTE February, 26-27, 2015 – San José, Costa Rica

2. Presentation by Dr. Salvador Fernández, IICA’s Director of Technical Cooperation
Dr. Fernández, indicated that LAC, in particular the Southern Cone and North-America, is considered a breadbasket for the world, providing statistics that demonstrated the differences in productivity between the sub-regions.

3. Presentation by Dr. Jose Isabel Lopez (INIFAP)
Dr. Lopez ) presented on behalf of the TF Chair Deb Fravel (ARS) He indicated that the focus of attention continues to be invasive species with initial emphasis on the Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB).

4. Presentation: Dr. Eileen Thacker, Chair of this TF
Dr. Thacker presented its main accomplishments, emphasizing that as the themes addressed are linked with international trade, the network incorporates both regulatory officials and researchers.

5. Presentation by Dr. Peter Bretting (USDA)
Dr. Bretting presented on behalf of NORGEN’s Chair Dr. Fernando de La Torre Sánchez (INIFAP), stressing that most activities focus on plant genetic resources and that these would probably not be carried out without the seed money provided by IICA to PROCINORTE.

6. Report by Dr. Ricardo Goenaga (ARS)
The Chair of this TF, indicated that the TF’s research is not only very relevant for advancing tree fruit production, post-harvest and processing but also for providing scientific support for relevant quality regulation in the three countries.

7. PROCINORTE Report of Activities
A report of the PROCINORTE activities for the period was circulated to the BOD previous to the meeting.

8. Presentation by Dr. Saindon
He highlighted the strategic direction of Canada’s Science and Technology Branch (STB) and indicated that the activities focus on the application of science to agri-based production systems to support innovation in the sector.

9. Presentation by Dr. Stephen Kappes
The Representative from ARS/USDA in the BoD and Deputy Administrator of ARS/USDA, presented the agricultural research priorities in his country. These priorities focus on food security and hunger, sustainable energy and bioproducts, food safety, climate change and sustainability, and human nutrition and obesity.

10. Presentation: Dr. Francisco Moreno Sánchez
Representing INIFAP, he indicated that the priorities for the institution include research production and postharvest of several crops, including corn, beans and sugar cane, and of other products such as honey, as well as an emphasis on adaptation and mitigation to climate change, and soil and water conservation.

11. Presentation by the Executive Secretariat
The ES gave a presentation on a new draft Strategic Plan, resulting from comments provided by the members in 2014.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_separator color=”orange” border_width=”4″][/vc_column][/vc_row]