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Under the U.S. Government’s Feed the Future initiative, USAID is partnering with the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to increase the incomes of the rural poor and small farmers by facilitating trade and helping farmers improve their access to markets.


USAID’s $3 million Promotion of Journalism and Freedom of Expression project provides tools that empower journalists to develop safe investigative reporting skills that will spark public dialogue in the Northern Triangle countries of Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador.


Los países centroamericanos han logrado avances sociales y económicos significativos en las últimas dos décadas. Las tasas de analfabetismo y la pobreza se han reducido; La mortalidad infantil, y materna ha disminuido; y el acceso a la educación ha aumentado.


According to the General Statistics and Census Directorate (2005 data), 99.6 percent of businesses, 47 percent of domestic sales and 36 percent of jobs in El Salvador are generated by micro, small and medium enterprises (MSME). Under the Partnership for Growth Presidential Initiative, the SME Development Program works with both government and private sector institutions to helps small and medium enterprises in El Salvador have greater access to business development services, increase productivity and competitiveness, and expand operations in local and export markets.


Taxes provide income that the government needs to invest in education, health, infrastructure, and other social programs.  Thus, in order for all Salvadorans to benefit from the income generated by trade and economic development, an efficient and fair tax system is essential.