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Insights from an Avanzar2030 workshop in Costa Rica



Many policies have been implemented across Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) to make agrifood systems more sustainable and promote food security. Identifying the most effective and innovative among these is crucial to efforts to adapt to climate change, sustainably transform food systems, and other key goals. The project Avanzar2030: Innovation for Sustainable Agrifood Systems seeks to identify such policies, technologies, and institutions that can drive positive change in LAC—and contribute to larger global efforts.


Policymakers, researchers, and library scientists convened at an Avanzar2030 workshop April 25-26 at the Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA) headquarters in San Jose, Costa Rica to exchange insights, share experiences, and collectively explore avenues for transformative change. 


The event provided a platform for author teams to review and code publications, laying the groundwork for synthesizing evidence to inform decision-making and policy formulation. This process provided experts with a valuable opportunity to systematically examine the current state of food systems research in LAC and gain insights that can readily be applied to the work of their respective institutions.


As Lina Salazar, Lead Economist for Rural Development, Agriculture, and Natural Resources at the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), noted that for her organization, “this type of project is crucial because it allows us to support countries in making evidence-based policy decisions with empirical and academic support.”


Beyond providing actionable research, Avanzar2030 is fostering a network of experts from across the region with diverse experiences and a shared interest in building sustainable food systems. The initiative builds on the principles set during the Ministerial consensus emphasizing the centrality of agricultural producers and the foundational role of science in policymaking​​. The project aspires to amplify the impact of this process by fostering partnerships for action.


The evidence synthesis and findings from Avanzar2030 will directly feed Hesat2030. With its focus on LAC, Avanzar2030 enables projects like Hesat2030 to include regional information and evidence into the global projections and recommendations that are useful for all decision-makers and in particular global donors. 


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