Central America Program

Research Program

Below is a list of research programs conducted by IFPRI in Central America, including global programs with case studies in the region or project that are only undertaken in the Central American countries.

  1. Agricultural Science and Technology Indicators
  2. CAFTA and Rural Development
  3. Globalization and trade liberalization
    Research on this topic analyzes policy options for helping Central American small farmers and other vulnerable groups benefit from developments such as CAFTA by identifying the potential effects of these developments as well as promising national, regional, and international market opportunities for the small-scale farming sector.
  4. Governance
    Research on this topic focuses on governance structures and policy processes (including local governance and public provision) that are important in improving agricultural productivity, achieving food security, and promoting rural development.
  5. Pathways from Poverty
    Research has been undertaken in Guatemala.
  6. Public-Private Partnership
    KCID has been studying and promoting the building of public-private partnerships in agricultural research in Costa Rica and El Salvador. Information has also been gathered in Honduras with regards to the potential of public-private partnerships for innovation in agricultural development. In the future, the KCID division will aim at studying the building of innovation partnerships in the context of local agri-chains that include multiple actors from civil society, the productive sector and research.
  7. Sources of broad-based growth in rural areas
    Research in this area aims to provide guidance relating to how different policies and investment strategies might be able to achieve rural economic growth that is both poverty reducing and sustainable, in particular at the household level.
  8. Sustainable use of natural resources
    Research in this area focuses on the linkages between natural resource degradation and poverty, identifying the policies and other interventions needed to foster sustainable land use and land management practices in the hillside areas, with a particular focus on soil and water resources.
  9. Systemizing information and analytical tools to help guide priority investments for growth
    Research on this theme supports the implementation of a strategic analysis knowledge support system to more effectively inform food security and rural development strategies and guide investments in rural areas.
  10. Rural-Urban Linkages
    This new research program will draw from past IFPRI work done in the framework of the program on “Urban Challenges to Food and Nutrition Security”, which focused in particular on Guatemala with a study on “Community Day Care Center Program Evaluation”.