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February 6, 2014

On February 3, 2014 USAID/Peru launched the campaign “The Search for Peru’s Golden Cocoa 2014” (“Buscando el Cacao de Oro del Perú 2014”).  “Cacao de Oro 2014” is an initiative organized by the Ministry of Agriculture, DEVIDA, APPCACAO (the Peruvian Cacao growers association), and USAID.  This initiative will identify and catalogue cocoa from 14 regions, and conclude with the announcement of Peru’s best cocoa (Cacao de Oro) on October 1, 2014, the international day of cocoa.  The goal of the initiative is to recognize and preserve Peru’s biodiversity, while promoting Peru as a worldwide leader in high-quality cocoa.  Cocoa was recently declared a Peruvian flagship product and exports are expected to reach $150 million by year end.  U.S. Embassy Chargé d’Affaires, Michael J.

January 22, 2014

USAID and the Peru Cacao Alliance (PCA) today presented “Trends in the World Cacao Market: Opportunities for Peru” in Peru’s Exporters Association (ADEX) headquarters today.

December 19, 2013

A USAID-funded Alternative Development (AD) project implemented by United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) donated 1,100 soccer jerseys received from the professional German football club Weder Bremen to soccer academies in AD areas.  The soccer academies, founded as part of the AD project, create significant goodwill towards AD interventions that is critical to operate in areas such as Aguaytia, Tocache, Neshuya and Pongo de Caynarachi (San Martin and Ucayali region areas).  The ceremony took place at the UNODC’s Lima headquarters on December 18. 

December 16, 2013

The Commission for Development and Life without Drugs (DEVIDA), with support from USAID, conducted last weekend three Caravans for Development and Inclusion (known as “Caravanas por el Desarrollo”).  These caravans are community events that bring much-needed public services to areas that had suffered under the domination of narcotics traffickers.  USAID and the Government of Peru have been organizing these caravans since 2006.  On this occasion three caravans were held, two of them in the Monzón Valley (Huánuco Region), in the communities of Chipaquillo and Caunarapa.  The Monzon V

December 6, 2013

USAID/Peru and USAID’s Office of Foreign Disaster Relief – Regional Office for Latin America and The Caribbean (OFDA-LAC) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Center for Assessment, Prevention and Disaster Risk Reduction (CENEPRED - Spanish acronym), a new Peruvian institution responsible for the assessment, prevention, risk reduction and reconstruction procedures of the National Disaster Risk Management System (SINAGERD - Spanish acronym).  USAID signed this MOU to express our intent of mutual collaboration in the areas of institutional cooperation, technical assistance, and

December 5, 2013

Selva Ganadora (Jungle Winner) is a USAID/Peru development project that started in 2009.  The project includes training activities and dissemination of entrepreneurial skills in the Peruvian jungle communities.  Selva Ganadora gives recognition to licit entrepreneurial initiatives as alternatives to activities linked to illegal drug trade. Selva Ganadora is designed as a competition capable to fund some on-execution projects leaded by participating communities.

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