Photo: Hugo Chavarría

Hugo Chavarría works at the Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA) and since the beginning of 2018 he is the Manager of its Hemispheric Program for Bioeconomy and Productive Development. He leads the efforts of IICA and its Representations in the 34 countries of the Americas to support the design and implementation of policies, strategies, projects, and investments to promote the bioeconomy in agriculture and in rural areas. He has authored or co-authored more than 40 published papers, has delivered a large number of international seminars and workshops, and has taught in related training programs. In addition, he has published a significant number of technical articles in international journals. Chavarría holds a master’s degree in international Trade and a bachelor’s degree in economics.

Contact: hugo.chavarria[at]


Publications and activities

Trigo, E; Chavarrría, H; et al. 2021. The Bioeconomy and Food Systems Transformation. Document chapter “Science and Innovations for Food Systems Transformation and Summit Actions”. The Scientific Group for the UN Food System Summit 2021.

Chavarría, H; et al. 2021. Potential of the bioeconomy to transform food systems. / InterAmerican Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture - The International Consortium on Applied Bioeconomy Research – San Jose, Costa Rica.

Chavarría, H; et al. 2019. The bioeconomy: a catalyst for the sustainable development of agriculture and rural territories in LAC. This document is part of the document “The Outlook for Agriculture and Rural Development in the Americas: A Perspective on Latin America and the Caribbean 2019-2020” jointly prepared by ECLAC, FAO and IICA.

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