At the Meeting of Ministers of Agriculture of the Americas 2015, set to be held from October 19-23 in Cancun, Mexico, the countries will focus their 
attention on ways of achieving competitive and sustainable agricultural productivity in the hemisphere, while at the same time promoting rural 
inclusion.

The slogan of the meeting is “Grow better, produce more, feed everyone.” The ministers of the 34 member countries of the Inter-American Institute for 
Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA) and Spain will discuss proposals aimed at strengthening agriculture in LAC at a time when the sector faces major 
challenges, such as feeding the world’s growing population.

The Secretariat of Agriculture, Livestock, Rural Development, Fisheries and Food (SAGARPA) of Mexico, and IICA will be responsible for organizing the 
meeting. The ministers’ discussions will be enriched by a document on agricultural productivity in the Americas, prepared by the two entities, and a 
technical forum on the subject with high-level international experts.

The participants in the ministerial dialogue will include the Secretary of SAGARPA, Enrique Martínez y Martínez, and the Director General of IICA, 
Víctor M. Villalobos. Also expected to take part are the President of Mexico, Enrique Peña Nieto, and the country’s Secretary of Foreign Affairs, José 
Antonio Meade Kuribreña.

The Inter-American Board of Agriculture (IABA) will also be meeting during the event. Comprised of the ministers of agriculture of IICA’s member 
countries, the Board is the Institute’s highest-level governing body. The ministers will discuss mechanisms for the technical and financial 
strengthening of the organization.