Cotton field. Cotton contributes significantly to the economies of many developing countries, including those in Latin America and the Caribbean. Photo by: Kimberly Vardeman

Brazil and the Food and Agriculture Organization have signed a four-year skills transfer and technical assistance agreement to support cotton farmers in developing countries.

“This agreement represents an excellent opportunity to demonstrate the effectiveness of South-South cooperation between developing-world partners as a vehicle for sustainable economic growth,” FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva said Oct. 17, at a signing ceremony in Rome.

Cotton contributes significantly to the economies of many developing countries, including those in Latin America and the Caribbean. The partnership aims to train cotton farmers in the pilot countries — Haiti, Argentina, Paraguay, Uruguay and Venezuela — on best practices in cultivation and marketing, according to FAO’s press release.

The Brazilian Cotton Institute and the Brazilian Cooperation Agency are each contributing $10 million to the partnership. FAO’s regional office for Latin America and the Caribbean, on the other hand, will provide technical assistance.

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