IICA and IFAD to assist family farmers in the Americas

San José, 19 July 2018 (IICA). The Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA) and the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) signed an agreement to undertake a three-year project that will seek to generate knowledge and good practices to assist family farming in the Americas to adapt to climate change.

The agreement was signed by the Director General of IICA, Manuel Otero and IFAD President, Gilbert F. Houngbo.

According to IICA’s Specialist in Inclusion and Agriculture in Rural Areas, Byron Miranda, who is leading the initiative, the project, entitled “Knowledge Management for the Adaptation of Family Farming to Climate Change (INNOVA-AF), will benefit communities in the Mesoamerican Dry Corridor, Northeast Brazil and mid-mountain regions.

Miranda explained that, “We are in the preparatory stages, and are organizing ourselves to establish the operational unit and to develop the annual operational plan and other details. A list of countries has been prepared, but we are refining it, based on the complex conditions that these countries face to develop their lands, while contending with climate change. The proposal will include a series of criteria that we will use to select the eight countries in which we will be working. There will be several in Central America, in the Andean Region and in Brazil”.

The expert also disclosed that the project will attempt to make its impact felt not just in the priority regions, but will also seek to benefit areas on a wider scale, which is the greatest challenge of this type of initiative.

FIDA donated USD 2,000,000 for the project. IICA will spearhead and implement the initiative, with the support of two partners: the Agricultural Research Center for International Development (CIRAD) and the Tropical Agricultural Research and Higher Education Center (CATIE).