The election was held during the XXII Annual Meeting of the Board of Directors in Guayaquil
Photo, from left to right: Dr. Pedro Bustos Valdivia, Chair, Dr. Eugenia Saini, Secretary, and
Dr. Axel Villalobos, Vice Chair of FONTAGRO
(Guayaquil, Ecuador, October 5, 2018). Today, during the XXII Annual Meeting in Guayaquil, Ecuador, FONTAGRO elected Chile and Panama to serve as Chair and Vice Chair, respectively, of its Board of Directors for 2018-2019.
Dr. Pedro Bustos Valdivia, currently National Director of Chile’s National Institute for Agricultural Research (INIA), will chair the Board, while Dr. Axel Villalobos, Director General of the Institute for Agricultural Research of Panama (IDIAP), will serve as Vice Chair.
Lastly, the Chairman-elect of FONTAGRO stated “FONTAGRO is a wonderful organization whose prestige has grown notably thanks to the projects’ successful outcomes. Looking forward, we are going to work harder to evaluate the impact of the projects that conclude each year and better disseminate those impacts to our audiences.”
During the 2017 annual meeting, FONTAGRO elected Dr. Eugenia Saini to serve as the new Executive Secretary of FONTAGRO. See more here.
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FONTAGRO is a sustainable co-financing mechanism that promotes research, development, and innovation in agriculture in Latin America and the Caribbean. It was established in 1998 and is comprised of 15 member states that have contributed approximately US$100 million in capital. FONTAGRO is sponsored by the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and the Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA). Its Technical and Administrative Secretariat is based at IDB headquarters in Washington, D.C. FONTAGRO has co-financed more than 135 projects and initiatives for its member countries in the amount of nearly US$105.5 million, including contributions from other funders and executing agencies. The countries that make up FONTAGRO are Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Honduras, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Spain, Uruguay, and Venezuela.
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