With poor living conditions and significant gaps in equality with urban zones, rural areas present a huge challenge for Colombia. The duration of this situation makes the challenge even greater, but at the same time is an area of tremendous potential for the country to increase income and improve living conditions in an environmentally sustainable way. Opportunities exist but capitalizing on them requires structured and systematic development.
We have been working in this setting for the last 15 years, carrying out more than 40 projects covering a wide range of areas: macro analysis, understanding of regional dynamics, conceptualization of the challenges of regional and rural development, policy for the operational setting of the sector, supply of cross-sectoral public goods, and evaluation of support programmes for agricultural producers. The breadth of our experience gives us a deep understanding of the context; as a result, we are able to offer resources to develop comprehensive strategies of support to rural areas.