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The Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA) has established itself for almost seventy years as the leading institution in the promotion of sustainable and competitive agriculture and well-being for rural communities in the Americas.  It serves as a partner of choice as it enjoys political support at the highest level, having Ministers of Agriculture representing the all Member States on the governing Board.

 

With 34 country based offices throughout the Americas, IICA has the organization, the administrative and technical capacity to manage and handle diverse projects, funds and activities. It has profound knowledge of the Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) region, its cultures and peoples that enables it to target and focus on key demands.  It also has the experience and expertise to assure impact and success.

 IICA has developed a demand-driven-consensus-based or country-led technical cooperation program, allowing the Institute and its partners to place efforts on issues that are priorities for the beneficiary countries and regions, reducing duplication and making better use of limited available resources.  Leading by example at the forefront of the Organisation of American States (OAS) modernization process, IICA is spearheading the organization’s efforts in becoming a more efficient, results-based organization with greater transparency and accountability.

 

 

The Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA) is mandated to work with agriculture of the Americas, in activities from primary production, value added processing, distribution of foodstuffs to linkages with economic, social, health, and environmental activities all within a specific geographic area.  This is a considerable task especially considering the challenges of food security, climate change and sustainable resource management which agriculture will be facing over the coming years. 

 

IICA believes that it needs to concentrate its resources and efforts on contributing to the attainment of the strategic objectives that concern areas in which the Institute possesses the greatest technical capabilities, experience and recognition, and, as a result, can have a significant impact.  To accomplish this, the 2010-2014 Medium Term Plan (MTP) has established four strategic objectives:

 

The importance of addressing the complete value chain is becoming more and more pertinent.  In order to ensure this type of approach, the MTP also specifies areas that will be supported to ensure a holistic approach and to achieve sustainable development.

The MTP articulates four Technical Concentration Programs and two Cross-cutting Programs for executing technical cooperation activities during the period.

The Director General, Dr. Victor Villalobos Arámbulo, noted in a recent Position Paper, “The world needs a new paradigm that will make agriculture more efficient and competitive, ensure the sound use of natural resources and include small-scale agriculture in its benefits”.   This is the contextual framework that is shaping the activities of IICA as an international body, and at the national and regional levels.  There is an important opportunity for the countries of the Hemisphere to adopt proactive policies aimed at tackling the principal challenge, which is “To make agriculture competitive and sustainable.”

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