Joint proyects
USD 250.000
Counterpart Amount:
Other agencies
Total Amount:
USD 250.000
Participating countries:
United States United States Argentina Argentina Bolivia Bolivia Chile Chile Colombia Colombia Costa Rica Costa Rica Dominican Republic Dominican Republic Ecuador Ecuador Honduras Honduras Nicaragua Nicaragua Panama Panama Paraguay Paraguay Peru Peru Spain Spain Uruguay Uruguay Venezuela Venezuela
Funding source:
FONTAGRO Amount 100% Other agencies 0% Counterpart Amount 0%

Executive Summary

Climate change will affect large areas of Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC), mainly due to rising temperatures, variations in rainfall intensity and frequency, effecting productivity and the emergence of new pests and diseases. Family farmers are most vulnerable to these effects. Furthermore, it is estimated that food demand will increase over the next 30 years due to population growth, income improvements and urbanization. Additionally, LAC is a net food exporter and is estimated to contribute increasingly to global food demand.

The effects will vary by continental sub-region, with Mesoamerica, the Andean region and Northeast Brazil most affected. To face these challenges, FONTAGRO, the Global Environment Facility (GEF), and the IDB established a regional project whose objective was to promote the development and transfer of appropriate technologies that contribute to reducing climate change vulnerability in the agricultural sector. The project had the following components: strengthening of regional networks in environmentally sound technologies, piloting technology transfer mechanisms, and leveraging public and private investments.

The project worked with a large number of national, regional and international agricultural research and innovation institutions, as well as with universities, non-governmental and private sector organizations, farmers associations and development agencies. The stated objectives were fully met and additional results achieved thanks to the establishment of strong and broad partnerships.


  • Progress, results and priority areas for the adaptation of family farming to climate change were reviewed in four symposia and four meetings with 272 scientists and authorities from 23 countries.
  • 92 studies related to agriculture and climate change were reviewed, 35 experts were consulted and the impact of climate change was estimated under different scenarios. The most affected crops would be potatoes, wheat, tomatoes and beans while pineapple and sorghum would be favored. 23 innovations for adaptation were identified, with emphasis on family farming: water use, soil management, microclimates, use of biodiversity, animal feeding, and waste management.
  • Eleven cases of impact innovations for climate change adaptation were documented and disseminated. Six received special recognition.
  • Innovations were developed that resulted in greater productivity and efficiency, with reduced environmental degradation and vulnerability of farmers in eight projects implemented across 11 countries. Topics include: rice, livestock, lupinus, coffee, cocoa, bananas, and climate-smart agriculture.
  • The regional platform for sustainable livestock intensification was established with 600 people from 25 countries. 483 professionals from 18 countries have been trained.
  • Four studies were supported to leverage large investments to scale up the use of technologies in four countries.


It is estimated that more than 1000 scientists, professionals, policy makers, producers and entrepreneurs from more than 25 countries have benefited. Through the training offered in the different projects more than 6300 family farmers and technicians benefited.

Indirectly, it is estimated that more than 30,000 people will potentially benefit including scientists, professionals, policy makers, producers and entrepreneurs in the region.

Sustainable Development Goals

No poverty Zero Hunger Good health and well-being Responsible consumption and production Climate action Partnerships for the goals

Main donors

Participating Organizations

  • Corporación Colombiana de Investigación Agropecuaria (AGROSAVIA) - Colombia
  • Dirección de Ciencia y Tecnología Agropecuaria (DICTA) - Honduras
  • Instituto Dominicano de Investigaciones Agropecuarias y Forestales (IDIAF) - República Dominicana
  • Instituto de Innovación Agropecuaria de Panamá (IDIAP) - Panamá
  • Instituto Nacional de Investigaciones Agrícolas (INIA) - Venezuela
  • Instituto de Investigaciones Agropecuarias (INIA) - Chile
  • Instituto Nacional de Investigación y Tecnología Agraria y Alimentaria (INIA) - España
  • Instituto Nacional de Innovación Agraria (INIA) - Perú
  • Instituto Nacional de Investigación Agropecuaria (INIA) - Uruguay
  • Instituto Nacional de Innovación Agropecuaria y Forestal (INIAF) - Bolivia
  • Instituto Nacional de Investigaciones Agropecuarias (INIAP) - Ecuador
  • Instituto Nacional de Tecnología Agropecuaria (INTA) - Argentina
  • Instituto Nacional de Innovación y Transferencia en Tecnología Agropecuaria (INTA) - Costa Rica
  • Instituto Nicaragüense de Tecnología Agropecuaria (INTA) - Nicaragua
  • Instituto Paraguayo de Tecnología Agraria (IPTA) - Paraguay

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Financing by country (in USD)
FONTAGRO Amount Other agencies Counterpart Amount

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With the support of
Fondo Coreano de Alianza para el Conocimiento en Tecnología e Innovación (KPK)