Major Scientific Achievements in and beyond the CGIAR in Latin America and the Caribbean; Reflections and Lessons Science Forum CGIAR Annual General Meeting December 4, 2007, Beijing, China Jesus Moncada de la Fuente
This institutional innovation in Mexico speaks for a vital stakeholder base with a strong political voice in support of agricultural research and technology transfer.
Produce has supported the transformation of public agricultural research organizations and influenced the design and realization of agricultural research and innovation policies.
Over the last ten years Fundación Produce has
influenced relations between producers and the federal and state governments.
Source: Ekboir, J.M, et al, 2006. Las Fundaciones Produce a diez años de su creación: pensando en el futuro. Informe Final de Evaluación. International Food Policy Research Institute. (IFPRI). Coordinadora Nacional de las Fundaciones Produce. (COFUPRO A.C.) México D.F.
Is it fair to expect scientists incorporate equity into an already complex research agenda?
Or to blame them when apparently scale-neutral technology benefits large farmers or rich consumers due to government policies they don’t control.
Nickel (1989) postulates that “research policy and strategy can be designed in a manner so the benefits contribute to poverty alleviation”.
A Query… Source: Nickel, J. L. 1989. Research Management for Development. Open Letter to a New Agricultural Research Director. . Instituto Interamericano de Cooperación para la Agricultura. IICA. San José de Costarica.
Societies and governments face the challenge of recognizing that agriculture and the rural environment are not only engines, for economic development that generate employment, income, and social stability.
They also play other roles essential for the quality of both rural and urban life, such as helping to maintain ecological balances and providing opportunities for recreation.