New institutions: IICA assisted a number of countries with the formulation of plans or strategies aimed at the creation of specialized institutions, including the Center for Research on Agricultural Production under Controlled Environments (Panama), the Peruvian Coffee Institute, and the Center for the Promotion of Value Added (Costa Rica).

Mexico: Toward results-based national programs: The planning and design evaluation processes of Mexico’s SAGARPA were strengthened following IICA’s evaluation of its eleven programs, training in logical frameworks and results-based budgets, and the preparation of the operating rules for 2016.

Innovative policy instruments: More than 3000 people working in the public and private sectors in 28 IICA member countries increased their knowledge of market-oriented agriculture, risk management, regional integration, sustainable natural resource management, and efficient use of production inputs.

Ecuador’s National Agricultural Innovation System, Haiti´s Research Consortium for Agricultural Development, and Costa Rica’s National Institute for Agricultural Innovation and Transfer formulated their institutional plans.

New rural extension methodologies: IICA enhanced the skills of 98 extension workers from Chile’s National Agricultural Research Institute (INIA) and the Agricultural Development Institute (INDAP).

Combating malnutrition in children: 500 people working for food and nutrition security programs in Guatemala learned about the factors that influence chronic child malnutrition, and identified effective ways of combating it thanks to a study entitled “Systemic and territorial model of chronic child malnutrition in Guatemala,” prepared by the Universidad Rafael Landívar and Canada’s McGill University, with support from IICA and the International Development Research Centre (IDRC).

Summit of the Americas: The Institute supported the Organization of American States (OAS) at the Seventh Summit of the Americas, held in Panama, where the declaration adopted emphasized the importance of agriculture, food security, and sustainable natural resource management.

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