Coordination between social protection and rural productive development programmes in three Latin American countries. Proposals to harness the potential of synergies

Coordination between social protection and rural productive development programmes can help poor and at-risk households escape the poverty trap and break its intergenerational transmission. This has been demonstrated by four studies carried out in Colombia, Mexico and Peru. Although these evaluations were performed before the socio-economic crisis caused by COVID-19, the results are promising in terms of their contribution to increasing households' resilience to external shocks. This constitutes an important argument in favour of promoting strategies of this nature in the economic reactivation of the rural sector. The impact evaluation of some cases of coordination in Colombia and Peru in general show positive effects of the interaction between the analysed programmes, both in terms of production (i.e., income, assets and livestock production), and in strengthening people's sof t skills, expectations and aspirations. The results highlight the need to increase the endowment of public goods and infrastructure in the territories, address climate change factors and their impact on agricultural projects promoted by families, and provide tools for those environmental aspects associated with production.