Proyecto Consensuado
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Gestión del Conocimiento (KPK III)


Gestión del Conocimiento


Argentina Bolivia Chile Colombia Costa Rica Ecuador España Honduras Nicaragua Panamá Paraguay Perú República Dominicana Uruguay Venezuela

Fuente de Financiamiento: fontagro
Monto Solicitado (US$): 45000
Monto de Contrapartida (US$): 100000
Monto total (US$): 145000
Plazo de Ejecución (meses): 18
Resumen Ejecutivo

Agriculture in Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) is becoming increasingly important for attaining global food security. Growing exports of agricultural and livestock products from the region, as well as recent estimates show that this is the only region in the world with the potential to significantly contribute to meeting growing global food demand. Moreover, there is enormous potential to increase productivity across LAC. Compared to other key regions, if Total Factor Productivity (TFP) growth rate in LAC remains at current levels, the region will exceed its food demand by 166% by 2030.
Although several countries have increased agricultural production, the region still faces many challenges to achieve progress in agricultural development, especially in the family farming sector. There are 17 million family farms, which are critical for the region’s food security, and contribute to 40% of the production and 64% of agricultural employment. Yet, they have not been the focus of most research and development efforts until recent years.
Agricultural research and development, and the strengthening of innovation processes are the most important predictors of a country’s ability to sustain long-term [Total Factor Productivity – TFP] growth. A study of the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) showed that farmer’s adoption of new technologies obtained average returns of 43% . Still, the region invests only 1.15% of its agricultural gross domestic product in agricultural research and development, less than half of what developed countries invest, and only three countries (Argentina, Brazil and México) account for 80% of the region’s public investments in R&D . Given these discrepancies, regional agricultural research organizations have been playing an important role in promoting a common agenda and supporting cooperative projects and initiatives.

Organismo Ejecutor
Organismos Co-ejecutores
Articulación de la Plataforma

The Government of Korea through the initial support from the Knowledge Partnership Korea Fund for Technology and Innovation (KPK) in 2009, contributed to an upgrade of FONTAGRO’s website capacities. The website was redesigned, facilitating the capturing and archiving of project outputs and passive dissemination of knowledge products. A “Digital Library” (DL) was created, which contains all the basic information and results of FONTAGRO projects. As a result, it was possible to monitor visits to the Website. Since 2011 to 2014 visits increased by over 65%.
In 2014 the Korean Poverty Reduction Fund (KPR) granted FONTAGRO resources (Phase II-A) to strengthen its knowledge management (KM) capacity, focusing on enhancing the visibility of research results, hence the applicability by agricultural producers, the wider research community and policy makers. An overview of the products achieved during the implementation of Phase II-A and its effects is presented in Annex III.
In 2015 the Knowledge Partnership Korea Fund for Technology and Innovation (KPK) granted FONTAGRO resources for the continuity of the previous project. Resources for that project (Phase II-B) were used to finance activities to promote the adoption of innovative technologies by private sector entities and end users.
Previous project results as well as outcomes expected from this new TC are aligned with the objectives of the Knowledge Partnership Korea Fund for Technology and Innovation (KPK) and the use of its resources (GN-2374-1). Resources will be used to continue strengthening technological and institutional capacities to improve the adoption of new technologies by the national research institutions / community, and private sector entities.
The project will be executed by the Bank (ORP/GCM) through the Technical-Administrative Secretariat of the Regional Fund for Agricultural Technology (TAS/FONTAGRO), which will administer and coordinate the execution of all activities pertaining to the TC.

Antecedentes y Justificación

FONTAGRO (The Regional Fund for Agricultural Technology) is a unique mechanism to promote cooperation for the innovation of family farming. It was created in 1998 by 15 countries with the sponsorship of the IDB and the Inter American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA). The Fund, which has received contributions from all its member countries, has currently a paid-in capital of US$100 million that is being administered by the Bank. FONTAGRO functions as an endowment, operating mainly with the interests accrued from the invested capital and the mobilization of resources from other donors and project executing agencies.
Through the years FONTAGRO has supported 110 projects and initiatives in the region, for a total of over US$88M. That amount includes its own funds as well as those from various donors, including the IDB, World Bank, and the governments of Korea, Japan, and New Zealand, and the executing agencies .
With its renewed vision and mission, FONTAGRO brings together different organizations to improve food security and reduce poverty based on standards of equity and sustainability. In its 2015-2020 Medium-Term Plan (MTP), strategic objectives include research and innovation through support for projects and initiatives. Another key objective is to improve knowledge management and result dissemination of FONTAGRO funded-initiatives, thus contributing to the adoption of research results by end users.
To promote the use of knowledge products generated by FONTAGRO projects, participating entities need to improve their knowledge management. A recent survey of over 170 FONTAGRO users was carried out to identify needs regarding knowledge management. It was determined that most institutions have active programs and strategies for knowledge management, however, there are common issues limiting knowledge sharing. These include: insufficient budgets, lack of resources for training in knowledge management, and, inadequate communication skills.
To that effect, innovative information and communication channels, and activities have been implemented by FONTAGRO to reach targeted audiences. They have increased its visibility and the dissemination of outputs and outcomes to their stakeholders. FONTAGRO’s Board of Directors (BoD) is fully committed to those efforts and recently approved a Knowledge and Communication Management Strategy.

Fin del proyecto

The project’s main objective is to further the adoption of technology innovation in family agriculture in LAC.


To that effect, this project will build upon the achievements in terms of knowledge management and dissemination to obtain the following specific objectives: (a) reinforce FONTAGRO’s brand positioning; (b) strengthen dissemination and visibility of research results to a broader audience; and (c) strengthen researchers’ ability to successfully share and transmit their findings to targeted audiences.


COMPONENT I: Reinforce FONTAGRO’s brand positioning.
Over the past months, FONTAGRO has been implementing the knowledge management and communications strategy developed during Phase II-A. As mentioned in Annex IV, a logo restyling is being developed to modernize FONTAGRO’s image. However, FONTAGRO’s brand positioning needs to be reinforced to engage relevant stakeholders through the production of specific tools and communication products.
Enhanced visibility of research results is crucial for its application by relevant stakeholders such as policymakers, private sector entities and farmers. With the objective to help spread the adoption of best practices, and to develop concrete tools that improve decision making at all levels, this component will finance innovative dissemination activities.
This component aims at increasing FONTAGRO’s researcher’s ability to share his research results. FONTAGRO has been organizing technical workshops and meetings to foster knowledge sharing and experiences among researchers. A closer follow-up of the knowledge management of FONTAGRO’s projects under execution is necessary to improve an effective communication and dissemination of their research activities and results.

Actividades y Metodología

Activity 1.1: Knowledge and promotional products designed and disseminated among stakeholders. This activity will finance the production of quality knowledge products on innovations generated by FONTAGRO’s projects, to be distributed electronically to FONTAGRO’s stakeholders. Also, innovative communication pieces such as standardized digital reports will be prepared to reach specific audiences. In addition, promotional material with the new image will be developed and distributed to target audiences.

Activity 2.1: Project results and best practices disseminated as enhanced contents through various communications channels. For that matter, a Regional Agricultural Communications network will be formed for communicators and media professionals within the agricultural research community. The network’s objective is to share best practices on the dissemination of agricultural research and raise awareness in one or more of the main strategic themes of FONTAGRO’s Medium-Term Plan 2015-2020 (i.e. adaptation to and mitigation of climate change in family agriculture). This network, led by FONTAGRO’s TAS will convene twice for the duration of the project. Subsequently it is expected to continue operating on FONTAGRO’s web-platform.
The activity will also comprise the design and implementation of a Transmedia storytelling plan to disseminate enhanced FONTAGRO content. Select content such as results of four FONTAGRO projects will be created as compelling stories to raise awareness about specific topics. Contents will be distributed across multiple platforms, using available digital technologies such as social media, online newspaper articles, podcasts, TV-format produced videos, infographics animations, among others. This is aimed at engaging FONTAGRO’s target audience thus reaching broader audiences: content will be created to reach policymakers (i, e, feed into public programs or policies); private sector entities (use of research findings by private companies), and the farmer community (access to specific seeds, water irrigation systems, etc.). The Network will also generate its own knowledge products, and its members will also use the network to effectively communicate research results.

Activity 2.2: New functionalities to FONTAGRO’s website added. To provide FONTAGRO’s stakeholders with accurate information on projects and their results, new functionalities will be added to the website. The current indicators database will be adjusted and updated.
Product 1: Website database of indicators updated and adjusted, and project results uploaded by project leaders.
Activity 3.1: Knowledge and outreach activities with FONTAGRO member entities. This activity will finance a consultancy to monitor and support knowledge management outputs and outreach activities of projects co-financed by FONTAGRO. In addition, the consultant will support researchers and project leaders in identifying innovative tools to improve communication and dissemination of project results.
Product 1: Web-based report on the progress in the implementation of knowledge manage

Productos y Resultados Esperados

Component I
Product 1: One knowledge product on innovations generated by FONTAGRO published on its website.
Product 2: Preparation of knowledge products based on select FONTAGRO financed research project findings for communication and publication purposes.
Product 3: One annual report on FONTAGRO’s activities and results digitalized with innovative features, and published on its website.
Product 4: One promotional material with new logo produced.
Component II
Product 1: Two main events organized for the launching of a Regional Agricultural Communications network: one in the Central American Region and one in the Southern Cone. The network will continue sharing their knowledge on FONTAGRO’s website platform, beyond the life of this project.
Product 2: Knowledge products on the results of network activities.
Products 3: Four press articles and four blog posts published, four project videos and one animated video produced.
Component III

Posibles Riesgos

No risks are foreseen in the execution of this project.

Alineamiento al PMP de Fontagro

This proposal will continue to contribute to the Overarching Objectives and Strategic Goals of the GCI-9 (AB-2764), and the updated Institutional Strategy (UIS). FONTAGRO’s actions are aimed at increasing productivity and reduce inequality in a sustainable way through research and innovation in the agricultural sector. FONTAGRO’s Medium Term Plan strategic objectives include: consolidating regional platforms to respond to agricultural opportunities and challenges, strengthening the capacity of national agricultural systems, as well as breaking down barriers that prevent the adoption of new knowledge and technologies. FONTAGRO’s strategic plans also include “Adaptation to and mitigation of climate change and Sustainable intensification of agriculture and natural resources management.”

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