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Research and innovations in the countries

Beekeeping

in Barbados, 30 perone beehives were constructed, distributed, and installed to strengthen the Barbados Apiculture Association. In Trinidad and Tobago, an inventory of active apiaries was carried out using global positioning systems (GPS). In Saint Lucia, 35 beekeepers were trained in the use of inexpensive technologies and the adding of value to products obtained from honey and pollen.

Rice

IICA made available an agroecological methodology known as the Intensive Rice Growing System, designed to make rice production systems more resilient. The methodology was applied in Venezuela by 60 producers in the state of Guárico, who reduced their costs and increased their yields.

Coconut

with assistance from the Yucatán Scientific Research Center and the Government of Mexico, IICA contributed to the delivery of resistant, high-yield coconut plants to Grenada. The Institute also worked with Mexico to make plant material available in Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, and trained farmers in coconut micropropagation.

Worm breeding

IICA worked with the Ministry of Agriculture, Lands and Fisheries and Grandad’s Garden in Antigua and Barbuda on experiments with worm breeding, which made it possible to collect data on useful byproducts for agricultural production.

Packaging

in Dominica, 17 agro-processors improved their packaging technology skills and capacity to comply with packaging requirements and standards within the framework of the EU-financed Agriculture Policy Programme. In Ecuador, the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock, Aquaculture and Fisheries developed a series of model types of packaging for ten perishable items sold wholesale.

Energy for agro-processing

in partnership with Brazil’s Electrobras, 12 books were published on the application of innovative techniques in rural communities within the framework of the community production centers. The books deal with techniques for the production of coffee, fish, sugar, milk, cassava, honey and fruits.

Energy-efficient stoves

under the Energy and Environment Partnership (EEP) financed by the Government of Finland, IICA and private institutions in Colombia implemented technological innovation processes aimed at improving the quality of life, the efficient use of energy, and the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions through the installation of 297 wood stoves in Santander and Antioquia.

Thermal renewable energies

the Fund for Sustainable Access to Thermal Renewable Energies, set up as part of the GIZ’s EnDev Peru Project, and the EEP, financed by Finland, afforded 3342 producers access to the technologies and allowed 220 tambo operators to learn about the benefits of solar energy.

Drones

the Policy and Statistics Unit of Belize’s Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries has new knowledge regarding the use of drones by its extension services to collect more accurate field data.

Mobile telephones

as part of the digital information management efforts spearheaded by the MIOA, four case studies were systematized on the use of short message services (SMS) in wholesale markets in Costa Rica, Ecuador, Trinidad and Tobago, and Uruguay. The lessons learned and good practices identified were made available in an online publication.

Digital apps

developed in Suriname, a mobile app on compost allows producers, mainly young people interested in organic agriculture, to determine and calculate the nutritional content of biofertilizers produced through composting.

Fish for Life. Impactful Innovation (Spanish Only)
The determination of fifteen female farmers made it possible to develop a fish farming project to improve the financial situation and food and nutritional security of hundreds of families in Bolivia. Sonia López, President of the Asociación de Piscicultores del Norte Integrado; APNI; Widen Abastoflor, Director General of the NGO Centro de Promoción Agropecuaria Campesina, CEPAC; and Priscila Henríquez, IICA Specialist in Innovation Management in Agriculture, of IICA, discuss this topic.
Adaptación al cambio climático, un seguro contra la adversidad (Spanish Only)
In Rio Negro province, Argentina, the intensification of climate phenomena and volcanic ash fall threatened the food security of rural families. A project based on the use of local genetic resources provided a solution to the emergency and demonstrated a successful case of innovation and adaptation to climate change in family agriculture. These families took the opportunity to share their experience.