The roadmap for rural development in Central American territories involves strengthening intersectorality

 

Over the next six months, the Development Institute of University Loyola (Fundación ETEA) will work together with the Executive Secretariat of the Central American Agricultural Council (SE-CAC) and the Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA) in the implementation of a training programme on the territorial approach to rural development. The main objective is to strengthen the intersectorality of the bodies of the Central American Integration System (SICA), the national Ministries of Agriculture and Territorial Action Groups.

Continuing with its agenda for the implementation of the Central American Strategy for Territorial Rural Development 2010-2030 (ECADERT), the SICA region seeks to address the main recommendations of the mid-term evaluation of ECADERT in order to focus on the next steps of the strategy’s roadmap. In this line, Fundación ETEA participates as an academic institution in the design, implementation and systematisation of this virtual-presential training programme, within the framework of the ECADERT Action Plan 2018-2021.

The participants of this training programme will be representatives of those SICA bodies that work or may work in partnership with the SE-CAC in the actions carried out in the territory, within the framework of the ECADERT, as well as leaders of the prioritised territories and technical and financial cooperation partners that have actions in the region, on issues related to territorial rural development.

This training action is part of the project “Strengthening intersectorality in the implementation of the ECADERT, with emphasis on the prioritised territories“, implemented by the CAC with the support of the Andalusian cooperation (AACID).

What does it mean to build or promote an intersectoral ECADERT?

The ECADERT is formulated under the coordination of the Central American Agricultural Council (CAC) and the SE-CAC, but the scope of its interventions should be intersectoral, that is, many of its axes should have a shared formulation, planning and execution.

Intersectorality is an obvious demand, firstly, because it is the territories that play the leading role. Secondly, because the dynamics of ECADERT are associated with methodologies based on bottom-up approaches and dynamics of concerted strategies and actions and public-private partnerships. The actions carried out in the field of rural development often require public policies that bring social services and infrastructures closer to the inhabitants of the territories. The complementarity of all actions in the territories is one of the main characteristics of territorial development.

The need to promote ECADERT and its cross-sectoral approach will require facilitating the appropriation and use of information and knowledge by the different actors mentioned above.