Colombia is the fourth biggest economy in Latin America with a relatively stable economic growth over the past years of up to 3%. During the last decade, the social and economic indicators in Colombia have shown, on average, a positive trend. The middle class in Colombia is growing steadily and the country has huge potential in the sustainable development of rural areas.

There is a need for more, better and affordable food that is produced sustainably and energy production for the growing urban populations in Colombia and in the region. At the same time, conservation of biodiversity is essential, creating a need for optimal and circular production methods in order to prevent agriculture production from extending to nature areas.

Presented below is an overview of projects Wageningen University & Research is implementing or has implemented in the past 5 years in Colombia and/or with Colombian partners, including some research projects of Colombian PhD candidates that are doing their doctoral research in an area that is potentially interesting to Colombia.