20 YEARS OF  PROMOTING INNOVATION IN FAMILY FARMING IN LATIN AMERICA AND THE CARIBBEAN

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20 YEARS OF
PROMOTING INNOVATION
IN FAMILY FARMING

IN LATIN AMERICA AND THE CARIBBEAN

FONTAGRO WAS CREATED IN 1998
BY A GROUP OF VISIONARIES IN THE AGRICULTURE SECTOR
IN THE LAC REGION, TO HAVE A DEDICATED MECHANISM TO SUSTAINABLY FINANCE AGRICULTURAL
RESEARCH AND INNOVATION.

IT IS A PIONEER COOPERATION AND FINANCING MECHANISM, UNIQUE IN THE WORLD.

It has its own capital, the result of initial donations from Canada and the IDB, and progressive contributions from member countries.

As of December 2018, FONTAGRO has capital of more than US$97 million, of which US$83 million correspond to contributions from member countries and US$14 million to the interests of the capital.

OUR PURPOSE

FONTAGRO, IN LINE WITH THE SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT GOALS (SDGs), PROMOTES THE INCREASE OF COMPETITIVENESS IN THE AGRIFOOD SECTOR, WHILE ENSURING SUSTAINABLE NATURAL RESOURCES MANAGEMENT AND POVERTY REDUCTION IN THE REGION.

THE TWO SPONSORS OF FONTAGRO AND ITS PARTNERS ARE ONE OF THE STRENGTHS OF THE MECHANISM.

OUR SPONSORS

OUR PARTNERS

Ministry for Primary Industries of New Zealand

    

 CGIAR with financing from the World Bank

Global Environment Fund

Korean Poverty Reduction Fund and Knowledge Partnership Korea Fund for Technology and Innovation

Governance

The Board of Directors is constituted by the president of the national agricultural research institutes of the member countries.

In addition, FONTAGRO has an Executive Committee, a Financial Committee, and an Administrative Technical Secretariat.

Institutional documents:

Institutions members of our Board of Directors

OUR MEDIUM-TERM PLAN 2015-2020

Our vision:

To be an internationally recognized cooperation mechanism to strengthen agri-food and agribusiness innovation in a sustainable manner among the member countries.

Our mission:

To contribute to innovation in family farming through cooperation among member countries, by promoting competitiveness and food security with the criteria of equity and sustainability.

STRATEGIC LINES

ADAPTATION TO, AND MITIGATION OF CLIMATE CHANGE

TECHNOLOGICAL, ORGANIZATIONAL AND INSTITUTIONAL INNOVATION

SUSTAINABLE INTENSIFICATION OF AGRICULTURE AND MANAGEMENT OF NATURAL RESOURCES

COMPETITIVENESS OF VALUE CHAINS, IN A FRAMEWORK OF EQUITY AND SUSTAINABILITY

15 PARTICIPATING COUNTRIES

Together, the member countries of FONTAGRO represent

%

OF THE WORLD'S GDP

%

OF THE GDP OF THE REGION

%

OF THE WORLD'S AGRICULTURAL AREA

%

OF THE ARABLE LAND

%

OF THE PRAIRIES AND PASTURES

IFAD. 2010. Latin America: The State of Smallholders in Agriculture. Rome, Italy.

DURING 20 YEARS OF ACTIVITY, FONTAGRO HAS CO-FINANCED MORE THAN

projects

for a total amount of

million US$

For each US$1 invested,
US$1.25 is mobilized from other agencies, and US$3.75 as counterpart from the countries.

THE PROJECTS FINANCED BY FONTAGRO HAVE GENERATED

Number of projects by type of technological solution.

SOME EXAMPLES OF NEW TECHNOLOGIES AND KNOWLEDGE INCLUDE:

Development of 10 new commercial apiculture products

Tropical livestock systems adapted to climate change

Banana agroindustrial processing and marketing

Improvements in water productivity in the Southern Cone

New potato varieties with pro-poor impact

Coffee genome sequencing

Drought tolerant corn and maize resistant to insects and diseases

and much more …

According to our last evaluation of results
as of 2018,

7 PROJECTS
CO-FINANCED BY FONTAGRO WITH A TOTAL INVESTMENT OF
US$8.1 MILLION HAVE GENERATED

ECONOMIC BENEFITS ESTIMATED AT
US$83.3 MILLION.

1 - Development of sweet potato products in Latin America (1998)

Argentina | Peru | Dominican Republic
Investment: US$ 970,000
Benefits: US$ 19,192,934

3 - Strengthening banana value chains: technological innovations to reduce agrochemicals (2006)

Colombia | Ecuador | Venezuela
Investment: US$ 621,216
Benefits: US$ 785,705

2 - Technological innovations and access to market for producers of native potatoes (2005)

Colombia | Bolivia | Ecuador | Perú | Venezuela
Inversión: US$ 1,066,405
Beneficios: US$ 204,257

4 - Development and application of ecological practices in the management of potato pests in the Andean region (2006)

Bolivia | Ecuador | Peru
Investment: US$ 900,000
Benefits: US$ 1,740,476

THESE BENEFITS ALONE COVER AROUND 79% OF ALL INVESTMENTS MADE BY FONTAGRO AND ITS PARTNERS IN THE LAST 20 YEARS
AND INVOLVE A COST BENEFIT RATIO OF 1 TO 10.

6 - Technological Innovation Strategy to Improve Productivity and Competitiveness of Product Chains (2009)

Belize | Costa Rica | El Salvador | Guatemala | Honduras | Nicaragua | Panama | Dominican Republic
Investment: US$ 1,533,458
Benefits: US$ 508,842

5 - Biological assays development for the sustainable production of vegetables in the Andes (2007)

Bolivia | Colombia | Peru
Investment: US$ 924,400
Benefits: US$ 906,478

7 - Research and Development Innovation Network: Pro-poor Impact with New Potato Varieties in the Andean Zone (2007)

Bolivia | Colombia | Ecuador | Peru
Investment: US$ 1,123,594
Benefits: US$ 52,185,897

LOOKING AT THE FUTURE

A REVIEW OF RELEVANT TRENDS IS REQUIRED

1. Demographic growth, urbanization and aging

4. Climate change

7. The private sector increases its participation in global agricultural RDI

10. Pests and transboundary diseases

2. Consolidation of the global wealth moving process

5. Increasing demand for animal protein

8. Productivity, sustainable intensification and innovation as a dominant paradigm

11. Conflicts, crises and disasters

3. Competition for natural resources

6. Greater protagonism and segmentation of consumers

9. The bioeconomy as a framework for agri-food production

12. Financing for development

IT WILL NOT BE WITHOUT CHALLENGES …

20 years promoting science, technology and innovation for family farming in Latin America and the Caribbean.

FONTAGRO THANKS ITS SPONSORS, PARTNERS AND STRATEGIC ALLIES FOR THEIR SUPPORT.

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