GLOBAL STRATEGIC TRENDS AND AGRICULTURAL RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT IN LATIN AMERICA AND THE CARIBBEAN: A FRAMEWORK FOR ANALYSIS
This document is a partial output of a larger exercise in support of strategic planning and decision making about priorities for agricultural research and development (R&D) in Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC). A workshop was held at the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) in Washington, DC, during March 2012, to analyze global trends and scenarios. Later, in October 2012, the implications for agricultural R&D were explored at an expert consultation organized at the International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT) in Colombia. The discussions in those events are a substantial input for this document.
The overall objective is to strengthen food security at the local, national, and global levels and foster sustainable development to generate income and employment in the region, particularly for the poor and vulnerable. The specific aim of this exercise is to present a general framework that could later be used for a more detailed analysis in particular sub-regions, countries, agro-ecological zones, value chains, or products.