Innovation Network for a climate-resilient Gran Chaco

Joint proyects
USD 200.000
Counterpart Amount:
USD 795.550
Execution time
36 Months
Total Amount:
USD 995.550
Participating countries:
Argentina Argentina Bolivia Bolivia Paraguay Paraguay
Funding source:
FONTAGRO Amount 20% Other agencies 0% Counterpart Amount 80%

Executive Summary

The Gran Chaco Americano covers an area of approximately 1,014,000 km2, and represents the second largest forested region in Latin America after the Amazon rainforest. The impact caused by the increase in extreme weather events affects families, whose subsistence largely depends on the resources from the native forest. The objective of The Innovation Network for a Climate-Resilient Gran Chaco is to articulate the regional programs REDLAC (INTA - INIAF - IPTA) and Gran Chaco PROADAPT (groups the NGO) as an innovation network for the development of family agriculture in the Gran Chaco American in the context of climate change.Based on participatory planning workshops, the project's Trinational Committee coordinated the activities of Beekeeping, Minor. Based on participatory planning workshops, the project's Trinational Committee coordinated its three components Innovation, Articulation, Management and Monitoring, and GCyC, and in particular the activities of the Beekeeping teams, Minor Ruminants - Mainly Goats, Worm Silk, and Meteorology.

Oriented towards the generation of “Climate-Smart Systems”, one of the tools that responds to the proposed results are the Demonstration Units. These aim to initiate a continuous process of adjusting the technological path to the territory and to be an innovation tool, where organizations and their producers, based on a large R & D & I team, express the “collective way of innovating”. With a total of 19 Beekeeping Demonstration Units, 4 Minor Ruminant Modules, 1 Silkworm Demonstration Unit, and 6 Technological Validation Pilot Sites, it contributes to the adjustment of the technological path as a tool for socialization and development. Using these tools, we manage to revalue local knowledge, based on R + D + i knowledge.

The technological solution

The contribution in the formation of public-private work networks between INTA, INIAF, IPTA and the NGOs of Gran Chaco Proadapt is the main socio-technical solution that made it possible to achieve surpassing objectives by uniting the R&D&I teams with the organizations and producers of the Gran Chaco. The Gran Chaco Caprine Network was created, uniting INTA and Gran Chaco Proadapt teams, in the same way that the beekeeping team led by INTA-PROAPI, and the Silkworm team was integrated. Protocols were generated and the technological paths were adjusted, taking as reference sites the Beekeeping Demonstration Units, Minor Ruminants, and Silkworms where technological solutions adapted to the territory and extension tools were generated. Contributed to the consolidation of the trinational network of Argentina, Bolivia, and Paraguay meteorological stations managed by Gran Chaco Proadapt.

Knowledge Management is a component of great importance in the Networks, highlighting the systematization of the information generated as the information viewers, generating an internal exchange and work site for a team with members from 3 countries, and the generation of proposals. on-line in response to training needs with great interaction between virtual content and the territory.


The incorporation of new organizations and HR to the Network made it possible to strengthen work teams and form new work networks such as the Red Caprina del Gran Chaco. The Great Arid Chaco, the minor Ruminants - Goats and Sheep, and Silkworms were incorporated into the work strategy. From 19 Demonstration Units (DU) Beekeeping, it was contributed to the adjustment of the path, achieving an income / cost ratio of 2.9 in 2021 vs 1.23 in 2018 (diff 236%) with yields in the same period of 30 kg / col and 15 kg / col. In addition, there are 6 Goats Units, 1 Silkworm Units, adjusting the technological path with the help of 7 Technology Validation Pilot Sites. 2 articles were generated, and publications and presentations at national and international congresses. The trinational meteorological network, the alarm system, and the Bermejo-Pilcomayo River Risk Maps, managed from Gran Chaco Proadapt, indirectly benefited more than 80,000 people from the risk of flooding. Beekeeping information display systems. The remote beekeeping MOOC, in its two editions, exceeded 40,000 registrants from 50 countries, and the contribution to the Bachelor's Degree in Beekeeping with 38 future graduates.


The direct beneficiaries of this project are 6,600 trained people, 125 organizations and institutions directly linked to the program, and 81 technicians, researchers, and communicators from the RedLac and Gran Chaco Proadapt teams.

Indirectly benefited more than 138,000 people, including producers, technicians, consumers, and decision makers at the sectoral level based on the information or tools generated. The 43,000 beekeepers trained by the beekeeping MOOCs stand out, as well as the 80,000 people, who take advantage of the collaborative model of monitoring and early warning against rising risks of the Rio Bermejo and Pilcomayo.

Sustainable Development Goals

No poverty Zero Hunger Quality education Gender equality Reduced inequalities Responsible consumption and production Climate action Life on land Partnerships for the goals

Main donors

Participating Organizations

  • Fundación ArgenINTA (ARGENINTA) - Argentina
  • Instituto Nacional de Innovación Agropecuaria y Forestal (INIAF) - Bolivia
  • Instituto Nacional de Tecnología Agropecuaria (INTA) - Argentina
  • Instituto Paraguayo de Tecnología Agraria (IPTA) - Paraguay
  • Asociación Cultural para el Desarrollo Integral (ACDI) - Argentina
  • Fundación Avina (AVINA) - Argentina

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