In March 2002, the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) held a symposium in Costa Rica for key decision-makers and others involved in policy and research for sustainable food security in Mesoamerica (Mexico, Guatemala, Belize, Honduras, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, and Panama) to achieve sustainable food security for the region by 2020.

There have been a number of profound developments during the past decades with extraordinary implications for global as well as regional food security.

Map of Mesoamerica