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    Prospects for Jatropha-based Biodiesel in LAC

    Saturday, September 26th, 2009

    From the Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA):
    Jatropha touted as “one of the best alternatives” for biodiesel production in the Americas

    Argentina, Brazil and Costa Rica discussed the generation of fuels from Jatropha curcas, also known as physic nut or piñoncillo.

    According to Jamil Macedo, coordinator of a hemispheric agroenergy network, “Despite its limitations, the [...]

    Se crean red centroamericana para impulsar la biotecnología

    Saturday, September 12th, 2009

    Desde el Banco Interamericano de Desarrollo (BID):
    BID crea red de centros de desarrollo tecnológico en Centroamérica y República Dominicana para impulsar la biotecnología
    El Banco Interamericano de Desarrollo facilitará la creación de una Red de Centros de Desarrollo Tecnológico para Centroamérica como parte de una estrategia regional que busca definir políticas, atraer inversiones, y crear incentivos [...]

    A Regional Waste Exchange for Central America

    Monday, August 3rd, 2009

    For years I’ve advocated establishing and heavily promoting subregional (or in the case of huge and diverse market of Brazil, at least a national) waste exchanges as one way to promote more reuse and recycling and to minimize wastage.  It certainly makes more sense than national waste exchanges, particularly in the case of a collection [...]

    A New Green Globe Regime for Central America and the Caribbean

    Tuesday, May 26th, 2009

    From Green Globe International, Inc.:
    Green Globe International, Inc. Announces Partnership with Responsible Business Alliance (RBA) for Central American and Caribbean Markets
    Green Globe International, Inc., the worldwide owner of the Green Globe brand, has entered into an agreement with Responsible Business Alliance, a Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) advisory partnership, for specified markets in Central America and [...]

    Mesoamerica Shows the Way to DDT-Free Malaria Control

    Thursday, May 7th, 2009

    The World Health Organization (WHO) has confidently announced that they can still roll back malaria worldwide while phasing out the use of the hazardous pesticide Dichloro-Diphenyl-Trichloroethane (DDT) through the use of pesticide-free Integrated Vector Management (IVM) techniques.  Why is WHO so confident it can be done?  Because they have already successfully tested the proposition through [...]

    FONTAGRO to Fund IDB Studies on Climate Change Impact on Agriculture

    Tuesday, May 5th, 2009

    From the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB):
    FONTAGRO extends agreement with IDB

    The Bank will manage the Fund until 2011 and finance climate change impact studies

    The Inter-American Development Bank and the Regional Fund for Agricultural Technology (FONTAGRO, for its initials in Spanish) have extended until 2011 their agreement whereby the IDB will continue to manage the Fund, [...]

    The Dilemma of Geothermal Power in Costa Rica

    Monday, March 2nd, 2009

    Tierramerica has an interesting article today I recommend reading on the push by the state-owned utility, the Costa Rican Electricity Institute (ICE), to expand geothermal power generation in Costa Rica.  ICE wants to open up two new projects that essentially tap into Costa Rica’s Rincón de la Vieja volcano.
    The problem: both projects would have to [...]

    A Map of Malnutrition Among Central American & Dominican School Children

    Thursday, February 19th, 2009

    The Nutrition Institute of Central America and Panama (INCAP) has just released an updated version of their map of malnutrition among primary school children indicated at the level of the 1,430 municipalities in INCAP’s eight member countries (Belize, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Panama). The new update (click on the [...]

    Bolivia Bans Dozens of Pesticides, Activists Call for Rest of LAC to Follow

    Monday, February 2nd, 2009

    At the close of the meeting of the Latin American section of the Pesticide Action Network (known by its Spanish acronym RAP-AL) in La Paz last week, host country Bolivia announced that it was banning all pesticides with active ingredients classified by the World Health Organization (WHO) as extremely (Class 1a) or highly (Class 1b) [...]

    DR & Central America Agree on Common Health, Pharma Policies/Programs

    Saturday, January 31st, 2009

    It doesn’t get much attention outside this corner of Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC), but the annual Meeting of the Health Sector of Central America and the Dominican Republic (Reunión del Sector Salud de Centro América y República Dominicana – RESSCAD) is quietly doing important work to change health policy among its seven member [...]

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