Maintaining CATIE’s foundational spirit in times of change


In 1973, CATIE (Tropical Agricultural Research and Higher Education Center) was established as an autonomous entity dedicated to research, higher education and outreach activities.


Since then, CATIE has maintained its unique focus on integrating higher education and holistic research that has led to new approaches, including agroforestry and silvopastoral systems for sustainable agriculture and livestock, model forests, forest concessions, the blue economy and ecosystem services. In the coming years, priority will be given to CATIE’s recognition as an international academic center, with the preeminence of an international university. This will allow us to ensure that its founding spirit, with which it operates to date, is maintained.


2019 was a year of challenges, opportunities and achievements in all our areas of work. In this report, we present the actions developed by the Center to support the countries of the region in finding the solutions they need to achieve sustainable and inclusive development.


Muhammad Ibrahim
Director General of CATIE