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Transforming Territories (Latin America)

This project aims to support policies and programs that create greater opportunities and improve the well-being of 900,000 people living in poverty in the rural-urban territories of Chile, Colombia, and Mexico. Poverty in the region Two-thirds of people in Latin America and the Caribbean live in areas that have not experienced economic growth for three decades, while an additional 24% live in places where economic growth has not helped reduce poverty and inequality. Most of these are rural territories. In Chile, Colombia, and Mexico, 24 million rural people live in poverty. To address these location-based disparities in growth, poverty reduction, and inclusion, governments are giving greater priority to strategies focused on territorial development as a central element of economic inclusion in rural societies. Research and policy support are needed to identify policies and practices that can stimulate equitable growth. Large-scale impact through research The project's specific objectives are to: -achieve large-scale impact that will improve public policies or programs in each country -test options to improve the effectiveness of territorial development programs -conduct applied research on economic growth, food systems, and employment changes in rural-urban territories -support the Latin American development network, RIMISP, in its efforts to influence large-scale change Researchers and policymakers will identify opportunities for impact. The research team will conduct cost-benefit analyses of policies or programs in each country, and conduct impact evaluations. Inclusive policies, programs, and solutions Project results are expected to include: -Large-scale territorial development policies and programs that promote inclusive agrifood systems and labour market transformations -Practical solutions tested and validated for the most common territorial development implementation challenges -Better understanding of agrifood systems transformation, urbanization patterns, labour markets, and the implications of gender-specific distribution -RIMISP established as a research-based policy entrepreneurship organization with high-quality staff, fine-tuned business and fundraising model, and stronger country offices

Project ID
Project Status
End Date
36 months
IDRC Officer
Sandra Gagnon
Total Funding
CA$ 5,230,900.00
South America
Agriculture and Food Security
Agriculture and Food Security
Institution Country
Project Leader
Angela Penagos
[Corporación de Derecho Privado Rimisp" - Centro Latinoamericano para el Desarrollo Rural] or [Corporación Rimisp]"



Poverty and inequality : Latin American Report, 2017 No territory left behind - summary


Urban-rural linkages : guiding principles : framework for action to advance integrated territorial development


Transforming territories program (Latin America) Final technical report