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2015 Contest for Successful Cases 

Washington, D.C., December 17, 2015) Today FONTAGRO announced the short list of cases in the 2015 Contest for Successful Cases of “Innovation in Family Farming Adaptation to Climate Change.”

Cases focus on documenting successful experiences and lessons learned, and contributing to a better understanding of the innovation and technology-adoption process to help family farming’s adaptation to climate change.


Within the framework of the contest, FONTAGRO received 49 case proposals. After an evaluation by a panel of experts, 11 cases were invited to submit their final proposals. They are as follows:





FISH FOR LIFE. Improving farming families’ food security and finances

Asociación de Piscicultoras del Norte Integrado (APNI) – Yapacaní, Bolivia


Transitioning from cattle farming to the future we want in the Chorotega region

Asociación Agroforestal Chorotega. UNAFOR Chorotega. Hojancha, Costa Rica


Surface silo network and locally managed revolving funds for strategically supplementing small-scale cattle farming in the province of Catamarca

Ministerio de Agricultura, Ganadería y Pesca de la Nación Argentina – Buenos Aires, Argentina


Adapta Sertão – Social Technologies for Adapting to Climate Change

Rede de Desenvolvimento Humano (REDEH) – Rio de Janeiro, Brazil


Food security of family producers in the Argentine Patagonia: use of local genetic resources and adaptation to climate change

Secretaría de Agricultura Familiar de la Nación – Delegación Río Negro (SAF) – San Carlos de Bariloche, Argentina


Addressing poverty and climate change with agricultural innovations for family farming in the Peruvian Altiplano 

Centro Internacional de la Papa (CIP) – Lima, Peru


Innovative agricultural credit program to improve crop yields of small grain farmers and stimulate sustainable economic growth in Northern Haiti

iF Foundation – Milot, Haiti


Establishing coffee agroforestry systems that are resilient to climate change, increase profitability, recover water resources, and allow for sustainable water supplies in the Cañaverales River watershed (El Salvador) 

Asociación de Cuencas del Golfo de Fonseca (ACUGOLFO) – Ciudad Barrios, El Salvador


Converting rain-fed farming to irrigation through rainwater harvesting in Nicaragua and Mexico

Fondo Latinoamericano para Arroz de Riego (FLAR) – Cali, Colombia


Preserving water and using it efficiently by upgrading a pre-Hispanic irrigation system and managing reservoirs in the inter-Andean Valley of Cebollullo, Bolivia

Universidad de Córdoba (UCO) – Córdoba, Spain


Farming and tenant families harvest quality of life with resilient production systems in Ahuachapán, El Salvador

Fundación Ayuda en Acción – San Salvador, El Salvador

 The contest is conducted with resources from FONTAGRO and the Global Environment Facility (GEF), with support from the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and the Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA).

 About the Contest

The contest seeks to disseminate the successful experiences of producers and other innovative stakeholders throughout agrifood chains, regarding adaptation to climate change, by documenting these cases and identifying the factors leading to their success.

 It will prioritize innovative cases developed and adopted by family farmers (such as resilient systems, new technologies, and water and soil management) that have helped increase productive efficiency and reduce vulnerability to climate change.


Cases will be evaluated by an external panel and winners (i.e., one per category) will be awarded $5,000 to be distributed among case participants and $10,000 for strengthening the institutional capacity of winning organizations.