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"Transforming agri-food systems from the Americas"

Welcome
Master plan
Featured Spaces
Virtual tours
#LeadersOfRurality

An IICA of open doors

By way of this initiative, IICA engages with the community through various projects designed to build awareness about the future, innovation and agricultural transformation in the Americas.

 

Welcome

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.

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Featured Spaces

FAB_Lab

A space for the search for innovative solutions based on digital technologies.

CIMAG

Interpretative center of 

 tomorrow's agriculture.

AgroArt

Physical and virtual space with works of art from the Americas.

Traditional Rural House

Architecture, history and identity of farmers in the Americas.

Forest of 
the Americas

Composed by trees that are representative of the Americas.

Plaza of Agriculture in the Americas

Cultural space for citizens to meet.

 
 

Virtual Tours

Get to know the IICA headquarters and visit some of its most emblematic spaces.

 
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An initiative created to recognize men and women who leave their mark and make a difference in the rural areas of the Americas.

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#LeadersOfRurality

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.

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Alfredo Carrasco

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

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 monzon

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.

Ramgopaul Roop

Ramgopaul Roop is a farmer who promotes resilient agriculture focused on proper water management and soil health. At 71, he graduated with honors with a Master’s degree in Business from Edinburgh Napier University in Scotland, taking classes virtually from his farm in Trinidad.

 

His tenacity and dedication drove him to become an expert on soil conservation and natural resource management. Just ten years prior, he could not even use a computer.

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

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.