CIRAD and CATIE: a cooperation relationship of more than 30 years

For more than 30 years, CATIE and The French Agricultural Research Centre for International Development (CIRAD) have carried out relevant agricultural research for the region, thereby improving the quality of life of rural populations. Currently 10 CIRAD researchers work at CATIE headquarters in Costa Rica with a shared-cost partnership model. This model has achieved a win-win relationship where both institutions collaborate together in coffee-related projects, such as monitoring of the incidence of rust, agroforestry systems, cocoa, forests and remote sensing, among others. The platform also involves the Regional Cooperative Program for the Technological Development and Modernization of Coffee Cultivation (PROMECAFE), the International Centre for Research in Agroforestry (ICRAF) and Bioversity International.

At the end of 2019, the Directors General of both institutions signed an agreement to renew a second phase of the institutional research partnership for 10 more years (2017-2027) towards keeping the progress of initiatives such as the Scientific Cooperation Platform (PCP) and Agroforestry Systems with Perennial Crops. These initiatives contribute to maintain and increase the productivity, competitiveness, and sustainability of agroforestry systems with coffee and cocoa in Mesoamerica.

Michel Eddi, president and Director General of CIRAD, during his visit to CATIE for the signing of this agreement, commented that the long-term cooperation relationship kept and promoted by CATIE and CIRAD is the best way to face enormous national and global issues such as climate change and the degradation of biodiversity: “Both institutions have the capacity to build towards a common future, working on the topics and objectives we share to develop projects, mobilize responsibilities and find resources to work on what we must.”

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