April 25, 2017   •   News

Call for innovation projects: family agriculture in the face of climate change

The call from our Partner, FONTAGRO, will fund up to US $ 1.2 million in projects to support innovations that meet the growing demand for food without affecting natural resources.

“Innovations for the sustainable intensification of family agriculture in the face of climate change . 

In the coming decades, one of the greatest challenges facing mankind is how to meet the growing needs of the population in terms of food demand, by increasing the productivity of farming systems in the face of climate change, without affecting natural resources. In that sense, FONTAGRO has decided to promote the development of innovations that promote the sustainable intensification of agriculture and thus contribute to the sustainable production of food with less impact on the environment, especially on soil and water.

The call is made with FONTAGRO’s own resources and will finance up to 4 projects for a total amount of US $ 1.2 million, to support innovation platforms constituted by public and private agents from two or more member countries that work from Coordinated way, also contributing counterpart funds.

The 2017 Call is one of the operating mechanisms of FONTAGRO to support the research and innovation of family agriculture. In this case, the call is aimed at encouraging the development of projects to intensify agricultural production systems in a sustainable way, not only ensuring the natural resource base but also improving them for future generations.

Some successful projects co-financed and / or recognized by FONTAGRO in previous calls and contests on intensification are: 
i. Harvesting water: The grail of eco-efficient agriculture . 
Ii. Adapta Sertão: Adaptation to climate change in the hands of the community . 
Iii. Towards a productive and friendly environment . 
Iv. Feeding people and the planet: Maize cultivation in partnership with Inga edulis in Ixcán, Guatemala.  (Page 195)

The closure for profiling is June 30, 2017 at 1 PM Eastern Time.

For more information on the 2017 Call please visit here

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FONTAGRO is a unique mechanism of regional cooperation that promotes the innovation of family agriculture, competitiveness and food security. It was created in 1998 and is made up of fifteen member countries that have contributed with capital close to US $ 100 million. It is sponsored by the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and the Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA). Its Technical Administrative Secretariat is located at the IDB’s offices in Washington, DC FONTAGRO has cofinanced more than 100 projects and initiatives to its member countries for an approximate amount of US $ 88.7 million, including contributions from other funders and executing institutions. The countries that compose it are Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Spain, Honduras, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Dominican Republic, Uruguay and Venezuela.