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Agenda of the

Third Inter-American Conference on Agriculture


Commission I: Money and Agriculture

1. Review of the recommendations of the United Nations Monetary and Financial Conference held in Bretton Woods, New Hampshire, and of the Inter-American Technical Economic Conference.

(a) Proposal for an International Bank for Reconstruction and Development: its significance for agricultural development in the Americas.

2. Agricultural Credit

(a) Organization and development of credit for agricultural, livestock, and forestry industries.

(b) Establishment of an Inter-American Agricultural and Livestock Credit Fund.

Commission II: Present Agricultural Production and Its Adjustments to the Post-War Period

1. Present status and future prospects for the production, utilization, and distribution of those commodities which play an important part in world trade, including: wheat, coffee, sugar, cotton, hard fibers, rice, and vegetable oils.

2. Present status and future prospects for those crops whose production in the Western Hemisphere has been increased during the war, including: rubber, quinine, insecticides, drugs and essential oils.

3. Study of existing international measures to promote the orderly production and distribution of surplus agricultural commodities to the best advantage of both the producer and the consumer. Commission III: Foodstuffs and Raw Materials

1. Increased efficiency in production of basic foodstuffs and of other economic crops.

(a) Establishment of organizations to coordinate and promote production.


(b) Measures to achieve maximum utilization of vegetable resources, consistent with conservation and the comparative advantage to be derived therefrom.

2. Increased consumption of food and agricultural raw materials. (a) Distribution and utilization of agricultural and livestock surpluses at the present time and in the post-war years.

(b) Measures to improve nutrition of rural and urban populations,' including preparation of balanced diets utilizing available foodstuffs.

3. Inter-American technical cooperation to increase efficiency of production and consumption; relation to international cooperation, particularly in reference to the Food and Agriculture Organization.

Commission IV: Markets and Transportation

1. Transportation and marketing facilities for agricultural and livestock products in the post-war period.

(a) Development of transportation facilities, including study of the effects on the economy of the American nations brought about by air transportation of agricultural products.

(b) Development of the services for marketing agricultural products, including storing, classifying, processing, and preserving.

(c) Development of storage facilities to permit orderly marketing.

2. Inter-American technical cooperation in development of facilities for distribution and marketing of agricultural products; relation to international cooperation, particularly in reference to the Food and Agriculture Organization.

3. Inter-American cooperation in matters pertaining to international commerce that may affect the interests of a part or of all the American Republics.

(a) Inter-American trade organizations to meet the requirements of the continent.

(b) Tariff policy.

(c) Trade agreements.

Commission V: Agricultural Migrations in the Post-War Years 1. Colonization.

(a) Movement of rural populations from over-populated regions to sparsely inhabited ones.

(b) Principles of legislation on national and international colonization.

2. Suitable selection and control of immigration in the post-war era and its application to agriculture.

Commission VI: Agricultural Statistics

1. Improvement of the methods employed in compiling statistics in the American Republics, especially those concerned with agricultural production, commerce, climatology, etc.

2. Measures to insure the regular preparation and publication of statistics in the American Republics.

3. Agricultural and livestock censuses.


Rules of Internal Procedure of the
Third Inter-American Conference on Agriculture


The Third Inter-American Conference on Agriculture shall be composed of delegates of the American governments. Representatives of the Pan American Union, the International Labor Office, the Interim Committee of the United Nations on Food and Agriculture, the InterAmerican Statistical Institute, and the Inter-American Council of Commerce and Production shall also attend. They shall have voice in the plenary sessions and in the Committees, but they shall not take part in voting.


The Organizing Committee shall act as a Committee on Credentials.


The agenda of the Conference is that approved by the Governing Board of the Pan American Union in its session of February 7, 1945. Subjects not included in the agenda shall not be discussed, either in the plenary sessions or in the Technical Committees. In case of a doubt the matter shall be referred to the Committee on Resolutions, provided for in Article 14.


The Conference shall elect a President and a Secretary General. All the heads of delegations shall be ex officio vice presidents of the Conference. The President, the Vice President whose country has obtained first place in the drawing of lots to determine the order of precedence, and the Secretary General shall constitute the Board of Directors of the Conference.


The preparatory session of the Conference shall be held on July 23, 1945. At that time the report of the Committee on Credentials shall be examined; the Rules of Internal Procedure shall be approved; the order of precedence of the delegations shall be decided by a


double drawing of lots, the first determining the precedence among the delegations whose heads are Ministers of State, and secondly that of the other delegations; and the President and the Secretary General of the Conference, and the Presidents and Vice Presidents of the Technical Commissions shall be elected.


The Minister of Agriculture and Animal Husbandry of Venezuela shall preside at the preparatory session of the Conference, in his capacity as Chairman of the Organizing Committee, and the Secretary General of the Organizing Committee shall exercise the duties of Secretary General in the preparatory session.


The inaugural session of the Conference shall be held on July 24, 1945, anniversary of the birth of Simon Bolivar. The President of the United States of Venezuela shall make the inaugural address.


The plenary sessions of the Conference shall be open to the public, unless, by vote, the contrary is ordered.


In order that a plenary session may be held, the presence of more than half the number of American countries represented in the Conference shall be required.


Voting, in the plenary sessions as well as in the Commissions, shall be by countries, one vote for each delegation, and a resolution shall be approved when it receives the favorable vote of more than half of the delegations present.


Six Technical Commissions shall function, namely:

First Commission-Money and Agriculture

Second Commission-Present Agricultural Production and Its Adjustments to the Post-War Period

Third Commission-Foodstuffs and Raw Materials

Fourth Commission-Markets and Transportation

Fifth Commission-Agricultural Migrations in the Post-War Years Sixth Commission-Agricultural Statistics

Moreover, there shall be a Committee on Resolutions and a Committee on Style.

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