The Call for Proposals will finance up to $1.6 million in projects to support technological, organizational, or institutional innovations to improve family farming income.

(Washington, D.C., April 15, 2016) Today FONTAGRO announced the launch of its 2016 Call for Proposals for the submittal of projects on “Innovations to improve family farming through value chains that facilitate market access.”

The call for proposals is carried out with FONTAGRO’s own resources and it will finance projects for a total of $1.6 million. It will support innovation platforms formed by public and private stakeholders from two or more member countries, working together to promote technological, organizational, or institutional innovations to improve family farming performance, income, and market access.

FONTAGRO supports family farming research and innovation through several cooperation schemes, including calls for proposals. This 2016 Call for Proposals is aimed at promoting the development of value chains within a framework of equity and sustainability, in accordance with FONTAGRO’s strategic guidelines.

These are some examples of successful projects financed and/or acknowledged by FONTAGRO in previous calls for proposals and contests on value-chain development:

• Recovering Ancestral Varieties: Native Potato Innovation in Ecuador. Watch the video.
• Collective Innovation: Apiculture in Argentina and the Dominican Republic. Website.
• Andean Culture and New Paradigms: The Producers’ Market in Huancaro, Peru. Summary (in Spanish)

The deadline to submit proposals is June 28, 2016, at 1 PM (EDT).

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FONTAGRO is a unique regional cooperation mechanism that promotes family farming innovation, competitiveness, and food security. It was established in 1998 and it includes fifteen member countries that have contributed a capital of some $100 million. FONTAGRO is sponsored by the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and the Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA). Its Technical Administrative Secretariat is based at IDB headquarters in Washington, D.C. FONTAGRO has cofinanced 108 projects and initiatives in its member countries for an approximate amount of $88.7 million, including contributions from other sources of funding and executing agencies. Its member countries are Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Honduras, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Spain, Uruguay, and Venezuela.

Contact Information:
Carina Carrasco
Communications Adviser
Telephone: +1 202 623 3038. Email:

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