Learning What Works to Boost Agricultural Productivity in the Dominican Republic

March 04, 2013
In the Dominican Republic, the agricultural sector’s share in the economy has been in steady decline because of slowing productivity. Over the past two decades, the sector’s share has fallen from 12 percent to 7.6 percent of gross domestic product. This has constrained the government’s efforts to improve living conditions in rural areas, home to a third of the population, half of them living below the poverty line.

Paraguay and the IDB: partners in development

December 15, 2011
Paraguay is a founding member of the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and the Bank’s partner in development Through an ongoing process of cooperation, financing has been provided to the Paraguay to carry out major works, which have spurred the country’s economy. This year, the Bank’s portfolio of projects in execution in Paraguay totals 27 sovereign guarantee operations for $755.27 million, of which $445.9 million are pending disbursement.

The IDB, a partner of Colombia in development

March 17, 2009
Since the mid-1990s the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) has been the leading source of multilateral financing for Colombia. Over the last 50 years, the IDB has approved more than US$14.8 billion in loans and non-refundable technical cooperation projects for Colombia. Throughout its history, the IDB has supported the Colombian government and private sector in key development areas such as infrastructure, state modernization and reform, small and medium enterprise, agriculture, energy, climate change and environmental protection.

The healing power of a cash crop

July 23, 2007
Palm oil has become a starting point for social and economic growth in San Alberto, a region struck hard by guerrilla activity in Colombia. The growing industry has transformed the local rural workers into suppliers of a complex production chain. Colombia is the top Latin American exporter of palm oil and the fourth-largest in the world.

Not quite equal under the law

January 01, 2005
By Charo Quesada On paper, Latin America is almost a model of equitable and gender-neutral justice. Nearly all governments in the region have signed and ratified international agreements guaranteeing access to the courts and equality under the law, regardless of sex.

From campesino to exporter

September 03, 2004
A hard-working Paraguayan, a good idea and a start-up $500 loan come together in this rags-to-riches story of a non-Spanish speaker who started selling fruit in his hometown and ended up venturing successfully in the export business. In Guayaibí, one of the poorest and most conflicted-ridden areas of Paraguay, Antonio Bogado started planting bananas and pineapples on a piece of land that belonged to his parents. Initially sold the fruit in nearby areas and later in Asunción, and soon saw himself exporting to Argentina and Uruguay.

Indigenous governance

April 15, 2004
“Colombia has drafted and implemented the most proactive legislation for the protection of indigenous peoples of any country in Latin America,” said Anne Deruyterre, chief of the IDB's Indigenous Peoples and Community Development Division, at a meeting on indigenous governance held recently in Washington. In 1991, Colombia became a pioneer in the region when it incorporated into its national Constitution basic rights for indigenous peoples.

It’s bigger than we thought

February 19, 2004
Agriculture’s performance and its contribution to economic development has traditionally been undervalued, according to a recent study commissioned by the Inter-Agency Working Group for Rural Development in Latin America and the Caribbean. As measured by Agricultural Gross Domestic Product, agriculture only includes information about the sale of raw materials, mainly crops and livestock. Its upstream and downstream linkages with agroindustry, services and trade, are not considered, nor the value added generated by these linkages throughout the economy.

Dominican president calls for international financial community support

May 20, 2003
Dominican President Hipólito Mejía today called for the international financial community’s support to face a “domestic shock” triggered by an alleged case of fraud at one of the Dominican Republic’s leading commercial banks. In a speech at the Inter-American Development Bank’s headquarters in Washington, DC, Mejía asked the IDB to head “a financial assistance package” to help the Dominican Republic in its efforts to “maintain a pattern of growth with stability and forge ahead with its economic and institutional reforms”.

Reconstruction of the Coffee-Growing Region in Colombia

April 18, 2003
It was the most destructive natural disaster in Colombia’s history. On January 25, 1999, two earthquakes, measuring 6.2 and 5.8 on the Richter Scale, destroyed more than 100,000 buildings in 28 municipalities in the heart of Colombia’s economically strategic coffee-producing region, killing 1,185 people and leaving more than 550,000 homeless in a 1,360-square-kilometer mountainous region that lies between the Pacific Ocean and Bogota.