By Comunicaciones


(Washington, D.C., October 4, 2016) Today registration opened for FONTAGRO’s first Online Course: Preparing Competitive Proposals for Agricultural Innovation and Research Projects – FONTAGRO Case.

This online learning experience will enable participants to design competitive proposals for innovation and research projects that will be conceptualized and structured to be useful in calls for proposals carried out by FONTAGRO, as well as other national and international organizations.

The online course is aimed at professionals from government agencies and nongovernmental organizations in Latin America, the Caribbean, and Spain, who are responsible for research and innovation in the agricultural sector and wish to build their capacities for drafting project proposals, particularly for projects funded by FONTAGRO.

One of this course’s main objectives is to provide participants with the opportunity to work on platforms with professionals and colleagues from other member countries.

Within the framework of its capacity-building strategy, FONTAGRO, together with the Inter-American Institute for Economic and Social Development (INDES), has developed this online course, which was designed in a Moodle platform and will be guided by a tutor. It includes interactive quizzes, activities that will be assessed by the tutor or other participants, and forums on which participants will be able to communicate with the tutor.

Course Information:
Duration: 5 weeks
Time Investment: 8 to 10 hours per week
Start: November 1, 2016
Enrollment Deadline: October 21, 2016
Cost: Free registration, participation in the course, and access to course materials

Enrollment: To register, visit

A certificate will be issued at the end of the course, on behalf of FONTAGRO and with INDES’ endorsement. In order to obtain the certificate, participants will have to meet minimum requirements related to fulfilling the tasks included in the course.

Space is limited in this first edition of the online course.

For more information, please read the course’s preliminary Learning Guide (in Spanish) here.

Contact information:

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 110 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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