Innovative projects in Central and South America: IICA and the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) supported the 2015 call for bids of the Regional Fund for Agricultural Technology (FONTAGRO), related to resilience in agriculture. The projects granted funding were as follows:

  • Centers for the supply of traditional seed varieties (Chile, Argentina, Paraguay and Uruguay).
  • Technological innovations to construct resilient livelihoods among rural families in the Dry Corridor (Nicaragua and Honduras)
  • Innovation platform for the sustainability of family livestock systems in Uruguay and Argentina.
  • Bio-intensive cultivation for rural families in the Dry Corridor (Nicaragua and Honduras).

Water and soil management: More than 940 producers, officials and academics in 16 countries benefited from training activities that IICA organized on integrated water management, irrigation systems and water harvesting, integrated waste management, and soil degradation. In addition, in the Caribbean and Andean regions, the Institute validated a training module on integrated water management with 49 participants from 14 countries.

In Venezuela, working with the Nestlé company, IICA trained 243 people in techniques for the conservation, use, quality control, and local management of water.

Efficient irrigation systems and water balance models: With assistance from IICA and the EU, two municipalities in Paraguay’s El Chaco region implemented a rainwater harvesting project that made it possible to install and maintain drip irrigation systems. Furthermore, the MAG improved its ability to manage meteorological risks by using a new water balance model to monitor water surpluses or shortages in agricultural areas.

A number of countries, Brazil, Honduras, Ecuador and Costa Rica among them, now have proposals or projects for developing irrigation and drainage plans.

Management of natural resources: In St. Vincent and the Grenadines, IICA established a demonstration model for water harvesting to train technical officers and producers in climate-smart agriculture, water harvesting, and soil management.

In Grenada, IICA collaborated with the GIZ and the national authorities to provide assistance to 50 producers so they could improve the soil using compost produced from Sargassum seaweed.

Updating of agricultural soil maps: Working with the Universidad de Costa Rica (UCR), the Institute generated the agricultural soil maps (orders and suborders) that form part of a useful geographic information system for the preparation of plans and the management of agricultural production in that country.

Conservation of Nicaraguan soils: With the participation of 12 cooperation, education and governmental organizations, IICA facilitated the creation of a national alliance for soil resources, and prioritized actions for a future strategy.

Coordination for climate-smart agriculture: The Caribbean Forum on Climate-Smart Agriculture was set up and made it possible to provide training in climate change adaptation in agriculture to more than 450 technical officers from ministries of environment and agriculture, including extension workers and decision-makers. At least 109 people from the public and private sectors of Barbados, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Grenada, Dominica, and St. Kitts and Nevis were trained in good agricultural practices (GAP) for dealing with climate change.

Strengthening of capabilities for climate change adaptation and mitigation in agriculture: Under the EU-funded EUROCLIMA Program, more than 700 technical officers and specialists increased their knowledge of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and subjects such as the reduction of vulnerability to drought, use of the climate analogues tool, sustainable soil use, integrated water management, and the application of the water footprint concept to agriculture, among others.

The ministries of agriculture of 20 countries developed national plans for the adaptation of agriculture to climate change and integrated the issue into their development plans.

Clean energies and carbon sequestration: Under the agreement with Ecuador’s Ministry of Electricity and Renewable Energy (MEER), through the project “Production of Jatropha oil for the pilot plan for power generation in the Galapagos Islands,” 41,000 liters of pure Jatropha vegetable oil were sent to the islands. In addition, the planting of more than one million Jatropha curcas plants in Manabí, Ecuador, helped sequester 4000 t of CO2.

AgroEnlace: Jatropha for Galapagos: A Project that Creates Light. Listen to audio (Spanish only):
Floreana, a Galapagos island, lights up thanks to pure Jatropha vegetable oil used to power electricity generators. Living fences in Manabí, along the Ecuadorian coastline, provide the raw material which farmer families collect and sell to local collection centers. As a result, the Jatropha for Galapagos project creates a virtuous circle that benefits both the environment and rural communities.
Thanks to a joint effort by IICA and the World Animal Protection organization, Latin America has a set of guidelines for assisting animals in disasters.

Series: “A Day on the Farm” IICA-European Union, Euroclima-IICA project. Watch videos (Spanish only):
"A Day on the Farm" is an audiovisual production by IICA and the European Union via the Euroclima-IICA project. Through documentaries of approximately five minutes each, the project shares success stories related to the implementation of climate change mitigation and adaptation strategies in agriculture.
Enhancing capabilities for dealing with climate change

  • Latin America and the Caribbean: Within the framework of the Regional Gateway for Technology Transfer and Climate Change Action (REGATTA), IICA assisted the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) in enhancing the expertise of 610 representatives of the public and private sectors in good practices for climate change adaptation, measures for mitigating the effects of greenhouse gases, climate finance, climate forecasts, and vulnerability in key LAC crops.
  • Bolivia and St. Vincent and the Grenadines: Fifteen Bolivian interest groups and 573 people from ten Caribbean communities were trained in climate-smart agriculture.
  • Chile: The “Integration of agriculture into climate change” course for trainers was held ten times, with a total of 178 participants.
  • Dominica: More than 40 people from the public and private sectors were trained in sustainable agriculture, soil care, and methodologies for conducting assessments of adaptation to the climate.
  • Grenada, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia: Working with the UWI, 14 people in the Caribbean were trained in methodologies for sustainable soil management, efficiency improvements, and adaptation to climate change.

Integration of gender, agriculture, and climate change: Through South-South cooperation established under the aegis of the EUROCLIMA Program, 24 women from eight countries involved in projects aimed at integrating the climate change perspective into the agricultural sector shared experiences that will make it possible to improve appreciation of women’s role in agriculture.

AgroEnlace: Adaptation and mitigation: agriculture in the face of climate change. Listen to audio (Spanish only):
Out of all productive activities, agriculture is the one most vulnerable to the effects of climate change; it is also one of the main activities responsible for global warming. However, it is possible to make agriculture sustainable and capable of adapting to new conditions and reducing its impact on natural resources.