About us

Since 2008, the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC), the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA) have worked together to prepare the report entitled “The Outlook for Agriculture and Rural Development in the Americas: A Perspective on Latin America and the Caribbean,” in response to a mandate issued by the Ministers of Agriculture of the Americas. The document analyzes the outlook for agriculture and rural development in the Americas in order to contribute to knowledge-based decision making.

Each edition of the ECLAC-FAO-IICA joint report, which was first published in 2009, analyzes the main trends that affect agriculture and impact the lives of rural dwellers, and provides an outlook on possible future scenarios with respect to each topic covered by the document, namely: the macroeconomic context, agriculture, livestock, forests, fisheries, rural well-being and agricultural policies. This analysis has served as a basis for generating policy proposals geared toward addressing challenges and taking advantage of the opportunities afforded by agriculture and the rural milieu in the countries of the Americas.


ECLAC, which is headquartered in Santiago, Chile, is one of the five regional commissions of the United Nations. It was founded with the purpose of contributing to the economic development of Latin America, coordinating actions directed towards this end, and reinforcing economic ties among countries and with other nations of the world. Its scope was subsequently expanded to include Caribbean countries, and the promotion of social development was later included among its primary objectives.


FAO is a specialized agency of the United Nations that leads international efforts to eradicate hunger. Achieving food security for all is the primary aim of FAO, which strives to ensure that people have access to high-quality food in order to lead active, healthy lives. Its three main objectives are: the eradication of hunger, food insecurity and malnutrition; the elimination of poverty and the driving forward of economic and social development for all; and the sustainable management and utilization of natural resources, including land, water, air, climate and genetic resources for the benefit of present and future generations.


As the specialized agency of the Inter-American System for agriculture, IICA supports the efforts of the Member States to achieve agricultural development and rural well-being. Its vision is to create a competitive, inclusive and sustainable inter-American agriculture that feeds the hemisphere and the world, while at the same time generating opportunities to reduce hunger and poverty among farmers and rural dwellers.