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CTA. 1993. IICA. Spore 44. CTA, Wageningen, The Netherlands.
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The Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA) is an inter-governmental organization of 32 Caribbean and American countries. Its aims are to 'promote, encourage and support the efforts of its member states in order to achieve...
The Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA) is an inter-governmental organization of 32 Caribbean and American countries. Its aims are to 'promote, encourage and support the efforts of its member states in order to achieve agricultural development and rural well-being.' IICA was originally established as the Inter-American Institute of Agricultural Sciences which was founded in 1942. Fifty percent of its funding (US$50 million per annum) now comes from the annual quotas of member states; the remainder comes from multilateral banks and cooperation agencies, both public and private. Its main sphere of activity is with the governments of member states, particularly with ministries of agriculture, and is both diagnostic and advisory. It establishes links with networks or multinational projects in order to exchange information and set up collaborative programmes between member states and promotes technical cooperation projects. The five current programmes are: analysis and planning of agrarian policy; technological development and transfer; organization and administration for rural development; trade and agro-industry and livestock health. THE PRODUCTION AND DISSEMINATION OF INFORMATION IICA has offices in each member country and these serve as a base for an active policy of information transfer. At its headquarters in Coronado (Costa Rica) is the Inter-American Centre for Agricultural Documentation and Information (ICADI). This centre has a communications department which offers training seminars on producing radio and TV programmes and written material. A team specializing in training strategies draws up teaching programmes. There are two main libraries, one in Coronado and one in Turrialba (Costa Rica) and a publications department which publishes IlCA's own technical books and reviews: Turrialba and IICA News (in French, English and Spanish). Some of the local offices have their own newsletters as in the case of Trinidad and Tobago, which publishes Caraphin News for the Caribbean Animal and Plant Health Network. IICA is also developing a specific project on Applied Communications in Education and Rural Development in Latin America with the help of Radio Nederland, which is being funded by the Dutch Government. IICA has recently signed an accord with two other research centres (ACTS in Africa and RIS in India) to set up a databank on biotechnology, which is to be based at the University of Amsterdam. IICA, Apartado 55 2200 Coronado COSTA RICA