Manuel Otero, Director General, IICA
IICA Master Plan
It is based on a great knowledge management platform on agriculture and a powerful network of strategic alliances with governments, educational centers and leading companies in the agricultural field. It is made up of the Interpretative Center of Tomorrow's Agriculture (CIMAG), the Typical Rural House, the Forest of the Americas and the Digital Laboratory, Fab Lab; among other initiatives.
An initiative created to recognize men and women who leave their mark and make a difference in the rural areas of the Americas.
It is a recognition for those who fulfill an irreplaceable dual role: as guarantors of food and nutritional security and at the same time guardians of the planet's biodiversity. They are examples or sources of inspiration for the promotion of a more sustainable development.
General video of the initiative.
Alfredo Carrasco is an inspirational produce farmer from Chile and leader of FarmHability, an inclusive project that promotes sustainable, integrated farming.
His project consists of designing and implementing agricultural production spaces in which people with disabilities can develop and acquire the tools to perform different farming activities.
Daniel Bruno is an Argentine school teacher who kept his rural pupils connected to the classroom during the pandemic by broadcasting his lessons over FM radio.
Bruno is convinced that education is key to fostering rural retention and generating individual and collective development opportunities that work together to halt migration to the cities.
Elvia Monzón is a Guatemalan coffee farmer who inspires other rural women to organize themselves and to take part in the decision making that impacts the coffee industry and community development.
She manages Rancho Viejo Integrated Coffee Growers Association, a 56-member cooperative, of which 15 are women.
Angela Lucas Deecke
Gabriela Lucas Deecke – Mexican agricultural engineer, and founder and Director General of the Center for Innovation in Small-Scale Sustainable Agriculture (CIASPE), an organization established to strengthen the self-management capacities and resilience of small farmers, with a focus on women.
The main focus of CIASPE’s work is to contribute to the wellbeing of rural families through regenerative agroecological practices”.
Simone Silotti is a Brazilian farmer who created the project “Do an Incredibly Good Deed” to connect farmers with institutions working with vulnerable populations.
In May of 2020, the project saved 200 tons of fruits and vegetables from going to waste, which were distributed across 13 municipalities, helping over 100 producers and more than 100 non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and community kitchens.