WASHINGTON D.C., U.S. – Mayors of Huanuco, Pasco, Piura, Ayacucho, Junin, and Cajamarca regions —specifically from coffee and cacao growing areas in Peru — will present their experiences with alternative crops to U.S. legislators this week.
The event will be held at the Rayburn House Office Building in Washington D.C. on Thursday from 10:00 AM to 2:30 PM (local time).
This presentation is organized by Peru’s Foreign Affairs Ministry and Embassy in the United States. Peruvian mayors will address the impact of bilateral cooperation programs on the development of alternative crops —mainly benefiting Peruvian communities in former coca-growing areas— under an approach of prevention, as well as comprehensive and sustainable development.
According to State-run Sierra y Selva Exportadora (Exporting Andes and Jungle) program, a tasting of different coffee and cacao products will also take place within this framework.
Likewise, participants will showcase Peruvian coffee and cacao as alternative crops, as well as present their contribution to the industry in the fight against drug trafficking and coca-crop reduction.
The event will also see the participation of officials from State-run National Commission for Development and Life without Drugs (Devida), as well as U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID).