Building on the IDRC and Organization of American States partnership which established the Network of e-Government Leaders of Latin America and the Caribbean (RED GEALC) in 2003, the joint project Innovations in e-Government in the Americas has strengthened regional capacity to generate and share research evidence. Targeted capacity building and dissemination activities have resulted in a greater ability of both individuals and institutional actors to access research results. This in turn has improved citizen access to public services by linking policy-relevant evidence to government practice.
In the Caribbean region, the combination of increased imports of processed foods and limited consumption of healthy foods, such as fresh fruit and vegetables, has contributed to a growing problem of obesity.
In rural Colombia, most families own small farms (less than 3 hectares) on which they chiefly grow potatoes. Planting high yielding varieties is vital to achieve adequate yield for both consumption and sale.