Advances in Economics and Business Vol. 4(7), pp. 345 - 350
DOI: 10.13189/aeb.2016.040704
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The Experiences of the Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA) in Supporting Rural Development in the Caribbean Region


Edric Harry *
Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture, Trinidad and Tobago

ABSTRACT

The Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture is an International Organization that provides technical support for the development of agriculture and rural life in thirty- four countries in Latin America and the Caribbean, including Trinidad and Tobago. Over the years, there were mixed results in the Institute's programmes, designed to improve the lives and livelihoods of farmers and members of community groups living in rural areas. The degree of success enjoyed in delivering those programmes, and ease with which they were implemented depended, to a large extent, on the nature of problems besetting those communities, and facilitative environment provided at the institutional level. IICA also had favorable experiences in providing support to rural community groups which had requested support for further exploiting opportunities with potential for improving their income earning capacity. The paper, therefore, seeks to identify the nature of the challenges experienced by the IICA Office in providing support to community groups in Trinidad and Tobago and selected countries of the region, and to highlight interventions undertaken for assisting those communities. The paper further outlines conditions, both at the community and institutional levels, which can facilitate the technical cooperation process.

KEYWORDS
Rural Development, Cooperation on Agriculture, Inter-American Institute

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Edric Harry . "The Experiences of the Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA) in Supporting Rural Development in the Caribbean Region." Advances in Economics and Business 4.7 (2016) 345 - 350. doi: 10.13189/aeb.2016.040704.