Strengthening Agricultural Research and Rural Policy Dialogue in Peru

The Permanent Seminar on Agricultural Research (SEPIA), Peru, was created in 1985 to promote multidisciplinary research on and discussion of rural and environmental issues within the academic community with a view to influencing public policy. Since its inception, SEPIA has endeavored to increase national research capacity through its small grants program and biannual conferences. These conferences bring together young and senior researchers from around the country to discuss research results. Now, 25 years after its inception, SEPIA faces the two-fold challenge of promoting high quality research on the linkages between poverty alleviation, food security and rural development, and increasing its reach through productive dialogue between researchers, practitioners and policymakers.

This project aims to strengthen SEPIA's capacity to influence political and academic debate on rural development by supporting 10 research grants and establishing special roundtables to foster policy dialogue and the dissemination of research results.

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Start Date

Thursday, April 1, 2010

End Date

Monday, March 31, 2014


48 months

IDRC Officer

De Plaen, Renaud

Total funding

CA$ 128,400


Peru, South America, North and Central America


Agriculture and Food Security

Project Leader

Javier Escobal D'Angello

Project Leader

Gerardo Damonte


Seminario Permanente de Investigación Agraria

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