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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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Project Assesment Communication and scientific dissemination on climate change 2016-2018

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Rural Extension Network

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Quito Alimentary Letter

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Social and productive inclusion: an institutional analysis

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Social Policy Evaluation of Mexico

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Colombia - Agriculture Strategic Directions from a territorial point of view

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Zero Hunger Summit

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Strengthening of institutional capacity of the Agency for the Renewal of the Territory – ART at territorial level

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Rural women's public policy recommendations

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Targeting instrument for place-based interventions in Colombia

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Building capabilities for advocacy: a network for the peace building in the region of Highland Patía and Northern Cauca - Colombia

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Technical Assistance to FAO in Sudamerica for Scaling, Resource Mobilization and Dialogues with the Private Sector

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  • Growth and trajectories of functional territories inclusion Colombian

    We describe the patterns of economic growth and social progress in Colombian “functional territories”. Unlike political/administrative divisions that emerge at least partly for historical reasons unrelated to economic interactions, functional territories reflect the patterns of spatial agglomeration and economic interactions in a territory. Using a novel definition of functional territories, our analysis reveals significant fragmentation of economic interactions: close to 66% of municipalities (holding about 20% of the country’s population) have no significant links to neighboring areas. A set of comparatively more (but still only partially) integrated and more populous municipalities have stronger links between them. This “rural-urban” space holds just around 31% of total population. The rest of Colombians are in “urban” or “Metropolitan” highly-populated and more integrated clusters. We describe these territories along two dimensions: economic growth or “dynamism” and progress in social indicators or “inclusion”. To do so we propose a simple conceptual framework that organizes the diverse inputs that might help boost these outcomes. Larger and more urbanized agglomerations exhibit visible advantages in these inputs. Moreover, long-run institutional determinants best help differentiate territories. Consistent with this, larger and more urbanized agglomera-tions have better outcomes, especially when measuring economic activity. Also, more dynamic places tend to be the more inclusive ones.
  • The Long Shadow of the Past: Political Economy of Regional Inequality in Colombia

    The main empirical fact is that regional inequality has been highly persistent despite the large changes that have taken place and the modernization of the society. We show that regional inequality is highly correlated with signicant within-country dierences in economic and political institutions, which are themselves highly persistent over the same period. We propose a tentative political economy theory of why the spatial distribution of institutions and economic outcomes has been so persistent over time.
  • Rural youth and migration in Ecuador, Mexico and Peru

    This paper uses use data on the most recent population Censuses to analyse internal migration flows of rural youth in Ecuador, Mexico and Peru, focusing on two questions. First, are rural youth more likely to migrate than the adult population? Second, what are the characteristics of the main poles of expulsion and attraction of young migrants?
  • Local poverty reduction in Chile and Mexico: The role of food manufacturing growth

    This paper analyzes the relationship between local poverty and food manufacturing growth in Chile and Mexico using propensity score matching, differences in differences and spatial econometrics methods. We focus on food manufacturing as a sector with a number of characteristics that make it potentially pro-poor, and whose incentives for spatial distribution may either strengthen or dampen its poverty reduction potential. The overall results indicate growth in food manufacturing employment contributes to local poverty reduction. There is an old version of the document:
  • 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.