The highest representatives of the Spanish Cooperation meet with the main agents of development cooperation in Paraguay to discuss future priority lines of action.

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Within the framework of the Paraguay-Spain bilateral coordination visit of the Minister of Foreign Affairs, European Union and Cooperation of the Government of Spain, Ms. Arancha González Laya, accompanied by the Director of the Spanish Agency of International Cooperation for Development (AECID), Mr. Magdy Martínez-Solimán, and the Director General for Latin America and the Caribbean of the AECID, Mr. Rafael Garranzo, an institutional meeting was held in Asunción last Saturday, May 8, with the team of the Technical Cooperation Office of the AECID in Paraguay and representatives of the six main Spanish cooperation organizations present in the country: Plan Internacional, FRS, AIETI, Alda, Adecoa and Fundación ETEA- Instituto de Desarrollo de la Universidad Loyola.

The purpose of the meeting was to present the state of execution of the projects that these institutions are implementing in Paraguay within the Country Partnership Framework 2020-2023 (MAP) and to exchange views on the problems and challenges facing Paraguay, as well as on the priority lines on which cooperation should focus in the coming period.

In previous days, the general coordinator of Spanish Cooperation in Paraguay, Fernando Rey, and the Minister of Agriculture and Livestock of Paraguay, Moisés Santiago Bertoni, held a meeting with Sara Ruiz, coordinator of the ETEA Foundation in Paraguay, and Hebe González de Bóveda, executive director of Alter Vida, to learn in depth about the progress of the work to promote organic agriculture as a means for productive recovery in the context of Covid-19.

Nearly 700,000 euros in two interventions to promote Paraguay’s agro-ecological sector

In February of this year, two interventions were launched in Paraguay financed by AECID with a budget of 686,100 euros.

The cooperation project “Development of peasant organic agriculture for economic recovery and productive reactivation in the context of Covid 19“, implemented by the ETEA Foundation and its local partner, Alter Vida, seeks to promote the improvement of the institutional, organizational and productive regulatory framework of organic agriculture as a competitive alternative for the economic recovery of small rural producers in the context of Covid 19.

In addition, the innovation project “AGRICULTURE 4.0. Support for ecological family farming production in Paraguay through a network of smart devices based on IoT“, with a more technological approach, focuses on supporting Paraguayan producer organizations in the agro-ecological sector to improve their productivity and competitiveness through innovative initiatives that optimize and rationalize the use of resources, mainly water. The intervention is led by Loyola University, specifically by engineers from the “Optimization and control of distributed systems” research group, in consortium with the University of Seville, the Ayesa Foundation, the ETEA Foundation and Alter Vida.

The promotion of development is a fundamental issue for Loyola University, as an entity of the Society of Jesus; a pillar in which applied research and knowledge transfer represent a hallmark of the university and its Development Institute, the ETEA Foundation.