|Ministers of new Peruvian president meet with AVSI staff|
|Friday, 30 September 2011 00:00|
Newly elected Peruvian president Ollanta Humala recently spoke at a public event in the province of Bagua, Amazonas Region, where AVSI recently launched a new agricultural project. The event provided the occasion for staff of AVSI and its partners to meet with ministers of the new administration following Humala's election in June 2011.
The meeting signals a promise of collaboration to support the growth of the new AVSI project launched to help small agricultural producers compete in an international market. The project will involve 400 men and women who grow coffee and cocoa in the Provinces of Bagua and Utubamba in the Amazonas Region of Peru.
Humala promised the people of Peru to improve the quality of life and create opportunities for them to benefit from the natural resources of the country. Ministers of his new administration and local leaders met with AVSI staff, as captured in pictures taken on the occasion. In the photo above, from left to right, are José Arista Arbildo, President of the Amazonas Region, Pedro Vela, Provincial Council of Bagua; Ricardo Giesecke Sara-Lafosse, Environmental Minister; a representative of Petroperu, the president of Condorcanqui Province, Ferry Torres Huaman, President pf Bagua Province, Carlos Herrera Descalzi, the Minister of Energy, and another Petroperu representative.
Bagua and Utubamba, both located in the Amazonas region, have ideal conditions and terrain to grow both cocoa and coffee, which are commodities in demand in the global market. Still, the small size and sometimes less efficient production methods make it difficult for many producers to compete. The staff involved in AVSI’s project will individually follow over 400 men and women in their personal and professional growth, to help meet goals of using new methods to increase efficiency and foster alliances and entrepreneurial initiatives among local producers.
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