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Rural families in Latin America will be able to strengthen their capacities in family agriculture and their resilience to climate change

  • The Innova AF project has an open call to apply to a competitive fund that seeks to support innovative proposals for adaptation to climate change by organizations working in family farming

October 7, 2019. Within the framework of the Knowledge Management Project for the Adaptation of Family Farming to Climate Change, known as INNOVA AF, rural families in selected territories in eight Latin American countries will be able to strengthen their capacities in family farming and thus increase their resilience to climate change. For this purpose, a contest is organized in each territory where the project operates, and access to a competitive fund oriented to family agriculture.

Kees Prins, researcher and professor of the Research Program in Development, Economics and Environment of CATIE (Tropical Agricultural Research and Higher Education Center), who cooperates for INNOVA AF, explained that by competing in the call you can access a competitive fund to capitalize and scale innovative practices and experiences of adaptation of family farming to climate change.

"The competitive fund will provide non-reimbursable resources to support innovative project proposals on good and timely climate change adaptation practices in order to increase the resilience of territorial systems and family farming to climate change. Then, based on this, to generate knowledge and practices that are scalable and have a high impact to be used by producer families within other territories and to be leveraged and incorporated into public policies and technical cooperation,'' said Prins.

The priority countries and territories covered by the INNOVA AF project are:


  • Mexico, Candelillera Region, Coahuila)
  • Guatemala, Mancomunidad Copán Chórtí
  • Honduras, Mancomunidad de Municipios del Centro de La Paz
  • Dominican Republic, Polo-Pedernales
  • Colombia, Ariari, Meta Department
  • Ecuador, Centro Sur de Loja)
  • Bolivia, Los Cintis
  • Brazil, La Borborema Territory, Paraiba

The call to apply to the fund is open from mid-September and lasts 30 days. In some territories (Brazil, Mexico and Colombia) it was opened later, although always covering the 30-day call stage. The selection of the winning projects will be approximately in the month of November.

Project proposals may be submitted by groups of family farming production units in the territories, for example,  cooperatives, associations, guilds, ejidos, commonwealths, networks and others; as well as by public or private organizations and institutions directly related to family farming, climate change and territory.

Proposals that they wish to implement must be oriented towards one of the following themes:


Learn more about the requirements for submitting proposals within the territories referred to at http://innova-af.iica.int/.


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More about INNOVA AF

INNOVA AF is executed by the Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA), with financing from the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and the support of partners such as CATIE, the Center for International Cooperation in Agronomic Research for Development (CIRAD), the Network of Rural Development and Policies in Latin America, and the Strategic Management Systems for Territorial Development and Family Agriculture (SiGET).

Its objective is to strengthen the capacities of rural families, members of territorial systems of family agriculture with current low resilience to the impacts of climate change, in semi-arid territories and mountain systems, to participate actively in rural transformation processes in Latin America and the Caribbean.

Find more information about this project and its call in the following links:


INNOVA AF Competitive Fund

INNOVA AF Competitive Fund announcement



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Karla Salazar Leiva
Information Technology and Communication
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