Innovation ecosystem for the agri-food sector in Latin America and the Caribbean

Who we are

Unique cooperation mechanism for co-financing science, technology, and innovation for the agrifood sector in LAC

Solid governance structure

Capital of US$102 million

15 member countries

Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Spain, Honduras, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Dominican Republic, Uruguay, Venezuela.

The Inter-American Development Bank, legal representative

Investment in 160 innovation platforms since 1998, US$123 million (US$28 million direct financing)

Philosophy and Strategy


Transform agri-food systems through knowledge to be more inclusive and sustainable with the environment and society.


Lead the regional articulation, cooperation, and dialogue strategy through sustainable co-financing of public goods initiatives that contribute to better knowledge and innovation of agri-food systems and better quality of life for society.



  • Integrity
  • Solidarity
  • Efficacy
  • Transparency
  • Respect


  • Strategy 1: Resilient, sustainable, farm networks.
  • Strategy 2: Productive Systems, agroecosystems, and sustainable territories.
  • Strategy 3: Food, nutrition, and health.

Where we work

What we do

Promote multi-stakeholder projects for science, technology and innovation

Foster knowledge management initiatives

Facilitate dialogue and cooperation among public and private partners

Knowledge Management and Dissemination

Towards more sustainable management in rice cultivation

An initiative that brings together three countries with aim of obtaining efficient and competitive production with a lower environmental impact under the implementation of AWD technology in two levels (moderate and intensive) in rice crops.

Competitiveness and productivity: master keys to development and innovation in Andean fruit cultivation

The project develops technologies for adaptation to climate change and increasing the quality of avocado, passiflora, citrus fruits, and their derivatives, which are being disseminated and transferred to family in Colombia, Ecuador and Peru.

Innovation and intensification to adapt and grow

Innovating in the integrated improvement of systems through sustainable intensification will increase adaptive capacity and resilience to climate change in the extensive family livestock production systems of Argentina and Peru.

Protected horticulture, an alternative for dealing with climate change in high-temperature areas

Contributing to the generation of sustainable intensification innovations in horticultural under protected environment conditions to decrease climate change vulnerability in family farming systems in Latin America and the Caribbean.

FONTAGRO´s contribution to innovation: case studies and the economic ex-post assessment



US$8.1 million


US$83.3 million


2. Sweet potato (genetic and nutrition, 1998)

Investment: US$970.000

Benefits: US$19,192,934

4. Pest management in potato crop (sustainable and ecological production, 2006)

Investment: US$900,000

Benefits: US$1,740,476

7. Cassava, sweet pepper, corn and beans (competitive value chains, 2009)

Investment: US$1,533,458

Benefits: US$508,842

2. Native potato (biodiversity and markets, 2005)

Investment: US$1,006,405

Benefits: US$204,257

5. Potato: new varieties (genetics and seed production, 2007)

Investment: US$1,123,594

Benefits: US$52,185,897

3. Musaceae (seed production and integrated disease management, 2006)

Investment: US$621,216

Benefits: US$785,705

6. Horticulture (sustainable production and bioinputs, 2007)

Investment: US$924,400

Benefits: US$906,478

Final ideas


Agriculture has been, is, and will be critical in all LAC economies.


The solid governance structure and the regional multi-stakeholder innovation platforms have been, are, and will be a fundamental element for the competitiveness of the agrifood sector.


The competitiveness of an economy lies in its capacity for innovation.


Strategic partnerships and collaboration are fundamental not only for increasing investments but also for strengthening sustainable impact.

Promoting innovation in
family farming through initiatives and projects.

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