IFPRI’s work in Latin America and the Caribbean is designed to help the region’s policymakers address pressing issues such as income inequality, high rural poverty and malnutrition rates, and lagging agricultural growth.
IFPRI’s strategy for Latin America aims to improve the region’s rural development and reduce poverty, mainly through:
- investing in human capital (better education and safety net programs)
- improving hard infrastructure (roads, electricity, telephones, and water and sanitation) and productivity-increasing infrastructure
- linking small producers and minority groups (females and racial minorities) in rural communities to national and export markets
- expanding off-farm activity
- increasing partnerships between the public and private sectors.
Rural Development and Poverty Reduction
IFPRI is currently working throughout Latin America —where much of the rural population lives in poverty and where chronic malnutrition among children is rampant in the mountainous regions—to increase the productivity of the poor so that they can earn their way out of poverty. The research focuses on designing a framework for policy interventions by developing a typology of micro-regions in rural areas based on the econometric estimation of stochastic profit frontiers. The research aims at providing a roadmap for the actions and investments needed to realize these regions’ potential.
Researchers have developed an interactive e-atlas that allows users to examine each country’s regions by agricultural potential, farm efficiency, district-level poverty, and access costs. Separating regions into these detailed typologies will allow researchers and policymakers to tailor policies to each region’s specific needs and constraints.