Peru’s agriculture gets a boost from IDB-backed projects

August 27, 2010
Five days a week, Liz Villanueva, a biologist at Peru’s Agricultural Health Service (SENASA), oversees the care of a few hundred million of fruit flies. Less than a quarter inch long, these insects are one of the world’s most dreaded pests, and were once responsible for millions of dollars in crop losses in Peru every year.

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.

Goodbye to rural poverty

March 20, 2006
Agriculture alone can't put an end to rural poverty. That is one of the conclusions of the studies directed by Hans Cansen, researcher and Central American coordinator, and Shenggen Fan, director of government and development strategies at the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI). Hans Cansen centered his study on three Central American countries: Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua. His goal was to describe the assets of rural populations in order to understand their impact on economic growth and living standards and propose strategies for rural investment.

Latinos from the Far East

March 01, 2006
By Charo QuesadaWhen Mexicans or Panamanians say they are “going to the Chino for groceries” they are not talking about some Chinese individual that happened to open a business around the corner from where they live. In their countries, the Chinese store has become an institution with a long tradition, providing a large and convenient selection of basic products, at low cost and with convenient business hours.

A home-grown solution for Latin America’s water crisis

March 01, 2006
By Luis Alberto Moreno*As delegates gathered at the IV World Water Forum in Mexico City earlier this month, many were asking whether the private sector still has a role to play in solving the critical sanitation problems of the developing world.

When good intentions bring bad results

March 18, 2005
Many subsidies aimed at helping the underprivileged benefit the rich instead of the poor, according to professor Ramon Lopez from the University of Maryland's Agricultural and Resource Economics Department. And he has 15 years of empirical data in 10 countries in Latin America and the Caribbean to prove it. According to his study, presented at IDB headquarters, some 45 percent of rural public expenditure in the region between 1985 and 2000 was spent on non-social subsidies, imposing a dramatic cost in efficiency, social equity and environmental decay in rural areas.

Environmental action as a source of revenue

February 18, 2005
The 1997 Kyoto Protocol to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, which takes effect on Feb. 16, brings Latin America and the Caribbean an opportunity to link sustainable economic development with environmental protection. Under the Kyoto Protocol, roughly 30 of the world’s industrialized nations have agreed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions below 1990 levels by the year 2012.

Listeners from the heart of the Amazon

September 02, 2004
Every morning, the Peruvian Amazon wakes up listening to the radio. Radio is the highest reaching media outlet in the area: 81 percent of the population listens to radio programs and newscasts, according to a study in the area of Loreto. “Here in my community, Mrs. Norita is doing real well with her fish farm,” says a woman in a letter that´s being read on air. “When she sells her fish, she is going to send her daughter to school so she can get ahead and be something in life.”

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.

Environmental and social safeguards in place for Camisea

October 09, 2003
To assure protection of the ecologically fragile region where the production and processing plants of the Camisea natural gas project are being built in Peru, the IDB has established environmental and social requirements and monitoring and supervising the entire project, not just the pipeline the Bank is helping to finance. The IDB's participation in the project has spurred positive measures that will make Paracas bay --where ships will load Camisea's natural gas liquid products-- cleaner than it was before the project began.