Efforts will focus on empowering small-scale producers, promoting good agricultural practices through demonstration plots, and fostering youth leadership, among other areas.
The Institute believes that rural youth can be the catalysts for positive social, economic, and environmental changes in their own communities.
Programs in both organizations will focus on promoting inclusion and empowerment through initiatives targeting vulnerable communities, such as migrants, women and young people from rural areas, people of African descent, and indigenous peoples. Katie Taylor, Executive Director of PADF, and Manuel Otero, Director General of IICA discussed joint actions in the Central American Dry Corridor, Haiti and Colombia.
The partnership between Microsoft and IICA will provide technological developments to transform agriculture in the Americas through innovation, for the benefit of rural women and youth in particular.
Santiago Hardie, Secretary of Family Farming at the Secretariat of Agro-industry of Argentina, participated as speaker in the XII International Forum on Territorial Development, organized by the Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA) in Bogotá, Colombia.
Pilot project enabled the training of entrepreneurs, from 11 countries, on tools and strategies for market research. Due to its success, it will be replicated in 2019.