The Heads of the Cooperation Agencies of the Governments of Mexico, the United States, and El Salvador Signed a Letter of Intent to Support the Cacao

The heads of the cooperation agencies of the governments of Mexico, the United States, and El Salvador signed a letter of intent to support the Cacao Initiative in El Salvador

Mexico City, Mexico, April 15, 2014 – The heads of the cooperation agencies of the governments of Mexico, the United States, and El Salvador signed a letter of intent to support the Cacao Initiative in El Salvador and pursue collaboration opportunities in Central America. In response to the coffee rust outbreak, the Cacao Initiative supports the objectives of the Government of El Salvador to assist rural communities and national agricultural production through enhanced competitiveness and improved specific value chains, including cacao. The letter of intent stems from a Memorandum of Understanding signed between AMEXCID and USAID in April, 2013, to create a cooperation framework that benefits third countries in Latin America and the Caribbean. USAID carries out trilateral cooperation initiatives to foster participation of regional leaders, support South-South initiatives, promote sharing of expertise between countries and mitigate the impact of reduction of assistance from traditional donors in Latin America.