Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | Video | Questions Of the Day | Search


New funding for research projects in Latin America

Hon Nathan Guy

Minister for Primary Industries

26  September 2013      Media Statement        

New funding for Global Research Alliance projects in Latin America

Primary Industries Minister Nathan Guy has announced $800,000 in funding for two new Global Research Alliance projects in Latin America.

Mr Guy made the announcement during his speech at the Inter American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture conference in Buenos Aires, involving Agriculture Ministers from across the region.

"This funding will support two regional livestock greenhouse gas research projects in Latin America – one looking at dairying in the Andes with Peru, Ecuador, Bolivia and Colombia, and the other looking at trees on farms in Central America with Costa Rica, Panama, Nicaragua and Honduras." 

"This additional funding recognises the growing importance of this region to New Zealand,” says Mr Guy.

The projects, funded by New Zealand and the Latin American and Caribbean Fund for Agricultural Technology (FONTAGRO), will help to build capacity for measuring greenhouse gas emissions from livestock under traditional and improved systems, facilitate the design of mitigation strategies, and help formulate policies to promote sustainable livestock systems in Central America and the Andes.

"The Global Research Alliance was set up by New Zealand in 2009 with the aim of helping countries to understand, measure and mitigate the greenhouse gas emissions from their agricultural sectors.

"In total New Zealand has committed $45 million to support the Alliance's activities. This includes support for research, fellowships, workshops and education projects in developing countries. There are currently 39 member countries of the Alliance, 13 of whom are from Latin America," says Mr Guy.

Mr Guy is attending the conference in Argentina after New Zealand was invited to attend as a special observer.

"The invitation reflects the high esteem in which New Zealand is held in this part of the world, particularly for our agricultural expertise. We are recognised as a world leader and other countries are keen to learn from our success.

"This has been a valuable opportunity to meet with my Ministerial counterparts and promote New Zealand agribusiness," says Mr Guy.

The funding for these two new projects comes from Ministry for Primary Industries and the Ministry for Environment.


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines


Environment And Conservation: Changes To Our Oceans Pose Serious Concerns

New Zealand’s oceans, coasts, and marine wildlife are under growing pressure, according to the first national report from the Ministry for the Environment and Statistics New Zealand about the marine environment. More>>


Police Authority: Use Of Taser Was Disproportionate And Unjustified

The Independent Police Conduct Authority has found that an officer’s second use of a Taser on a mentally unwell Hokitika man was disproportionate and unjustified. More>>


Gordon Campbell: On Holidays, Hekia Parata And Badlands

Hekia Parata, adieu. Reportedly, she’s been ‘passionate’ about education. She has “bravely’ led the charge on the government’s education reforms. In the past week , many of the postscripts to Hekia Parata’s career as Education Minister have sounded like a schoolteacher desperately trying to find some reason why a D student can be marked up to C minus. More>>


Minister of Finance: Plan Shows $100 Billion Infrastructure Projects

Finance Minister Bill English has today launched the Government’s Ten Year Capital Intentions Plan (CIP) which shows a pipeline of $100.9 billion worth of infrastructure projects over the next decade. More>>


Werewolf: Safe Landings Gordon Campbell on the safety challenge to the Wellington runway extension.

The safety-related legal challenge revolves around the size of the 90 metre long Runway End Safety Area (RESA) being proposed for the runway extension. More>>


Environment Commissioner: We Need To Work Together On Climate Change And Farming

“The debate around agricultural emissions and the ETS has been polarised for too long,” said the Commissioner. “But the ETS is not the only way forward – there are other things that can be done.” More>>


NZ Super Fund: Seeking To Put A Market Price On Climate Change

Oct. 19 (BusinessDesk) - The New Zealand Superannuation Fund says it will devise a set of rules to assess investment winners and losers under climate change, a strategy that could rule out fossil fuels or producers such as current portfolio member Exxon ... More>>


Rejuvenation: Parata Will Not Contest 2017 Election

Education Minister and National List MP Hekia Parata has today announced that she will not be contesting the next election. She advised the Prime Minister of her decision earlier this year. More>>

Get More From Scoop



Search Scoop  
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news