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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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Women, Local Economy and Territory

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Sinergy meeting on postconflict territories in Colombia

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Balance on policies and programs of Territorial Development and Convergence in Countries of the Pacific Alliance

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Study of public instruments to promote productive and economic development

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General and Core support for Institutional Strengthening for Rimisp

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Sociocultural and territorial characterization study of Ramal Talca Constitución and its integral cultural heritage

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Enhancing Rural Development Policy implementation through the achivement of more inclusive institutions of the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural development - Technical Assistance Project

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Accompaniment to the institutional strengthening of AGROSAVIA

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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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  • How Large are the Contributions of Cities to the Development of Rural Communities?

    Este artículo estima el impacto de las ciudades en el desarrollo económico de las comunidades rurales en Chile siguiendo un enfoque de acceso a mercados. El efecto de la proximidad a ciudades en el desarrollo de las comunidades rurales es analizado estimando el impacto del acceso a mercados en la población, y empleo agrícola y no-agrícola de las comunidades rurales. Usando censos de población y datos satelitales, encontramos que un 10% de mayor acceso a mercados indujo un crecimiento de un 10 a un 14% en la población de las comunidades rurales. Adicionalmente, elasticidades de mayor magnitud fueron encontradas para el empleo no-agrícola que en el caso del empleo agrícola. Nuestros resultados apoyan la hipótesis de cambio estructural y diversificación de la economía rural para comunidades rurales con mayor acceso a mercados.
  • Comportamiento del gasto público para la inclusión económica de la juventud rural en Ecuador, Colombia, Perú y México

    El objetivo del presente documento es analizar el comportamiento del gasto público del Gobierno Central dirigido a la juventud rural, con especial énfasis en los esfuerzos de inclusión económica (financiera, productiva y laboral), en Colombia, Ecuador, México y Perú.
  • Growth and inclusion trajectories of Colombian functional territories

    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?