Opportunities and Challenges for Agrifood Trade Between Central American Integration System and Caribbean Community Countries

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Feb 2024
This study responds to the proposal made by the Secretariat of the Central American Agricultural Council (SECAC) and the Secretariat for Central American Economic Integration (SIECA) on the need to promote spaces for integration in the area of agrifood trade between Central America and the Caribbean. It is a joint work between the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) in the search for possible trade solutions to the food security crisis, the need to generate greater employment opportunities, economic recovery and, in general, achieve better living conditions for the Central American and Caribbean population.

The document is organized into six sections: introduction; an abbreviated analysis of agrifood trade trends at the global level and between the two subregions; market access conditions between the two regions; a section defining the coverage and methodology used for the research; identification of products with trade potential; the major limitations and challenges in taking advantage of these opportunities; and, finally, the conclusions and public policy recommendations to help overcome the challenges and contribute to the goal of greater and better food security.