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About Rimisp

Rimisp, Centro Latino Americano para el Desarrollo Rural, is a network that generates and systematizes knowledge, with the aim of understanding the transformations of the rural world and contributing to the formulation of improved strategies and policies for a sustainable and inclusive development.


Differential Values


  • We build bridges between applied research and decision making processes.
  • Region-wide presence and network approach.
  • Flexible and responsive institutional capacity via national offices.
  • Autonomy and independence.


Our Mission


To promote transformation strategies to achieve territorial equity based on a nuanced understanding of the challenges faced by rural territories in Latin America.


Our Vision


We aspire to a Latin America where all people, regardless of place where they inhabit, have the same opportunities to be part of a just, sustainable, and inclusive development.


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En el marco de la primera etapa del Programa ORIGINARIAS: Empoderamiento de mujeres indígenas en el norte de Chile para el desarrollo sostenible-ONU Mujeres

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Innovation for the Overcoming of Poverty in Chile - CORFO

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Civic Engagement & Public Libraries

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Strenghtening and measurement of municipal services quality

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Cities and development in Chile

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Capacity Development and Design Training Modules in Territorial Development with Cultural Identity

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Strengthening Integration Movement

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Bolivia rural market

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Contributing to Public Policy Culture from a Territorial Approach

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Family farming and territorial development in Chile

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Agrifood and Territorial Heritage Partnerships for Food Security in Colombia

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Territorial Rural Development from biocultural assets

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  • Delineating Functional Territories from Outer Space

    The delimitation of functional spatial units or functional territories is an important topic in regional science and economic geography since the empirical verification of many causal relationships is affected by the size and shape of these areas. Most of the literature on the delimitation of these functional territories is based on developed countries, usually using contemporary and updated information of commuting flows. Conversely, in developing countries the technical contributions have been incipient.
  • Poverty, Inequality, and low Social Mobility: territorial traps in Chile, Mexico and Peru

    When analyzing countries’ development and their economic evolution, in particular those undertaken within the fields of economics and sociology, these studies typically focus on national variables and often ignore the large variations found in development among different social groups and territories within a country. These kinds of studies have contributed to our knowledge of the factors that help explain national development patterns; however, given that they obscure variations within countries, they may not accurately reflect the true levels of well-being among individuals (Foster et al., 2003).
  • Policy Processes for Large-Scale Impact 2013 / 2016 Final Report

    “The best public policy is made through dialogue”This phrase is more than just an effective message about the key approach of the project whose results are presented in this report. For those of us involved in Rimisp, the Latin American Centerfor Rural Development, it reflects a deep conviction about the need to move ahead with a new generation of public policies.
  • Place of origin and the earnings of internal migrants in Mexico

    This paper examines the relationship between adult earnings of internal migrants in Mexico and the level of development of the place where they grew up, to understand whether being born and growing up in a disadvantaged place has any influence on the earnings of adult emigrants. Controlling for self-selection into migration and labour market participation, results suggest that growing up in a disadvantaged place is associated with significantly lower earnings among adults, and that emigrating does not weaken this relationship: migrants who grew up in a poorer place earn significantly less than migrants with similar characteristics but who grew up in a richer place. Results also suggest that growing up in a richer place is associated with higher adult earnings primarily because it increases the human capital of the migrant and of her network, and because it leads to more positive attitudes and beliefs about the future.
  • Short Food Supply Chains: A Latinamerican perspective from the territorial approach and valorization of identity and bio-cultural assets

    In Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC), Short Supply Chains (SSCs) are beginning to gain recognition as a relevant and growing phenomenon, linked to the local, cultural heritage and biodiversity  and,  to  a  lesser  extent,  to  agro-ecology  and  solidarity economy. The main question of this paper is: which kind of Short Supply Chain (SSC) can contribute to a higher level of small scale producers and entrepreneurs’ inclusion stimulating new dynamics and connections between urban and rural areas in the Latin American and the Caribbean (LAC) region?