Training has been a key tool for CATIE in building capacity; the institution has versatility and a capacity to react promptly on issues related to the situation and the specific demands of the countries. However, today the subject is of strategic importance, in both classroom and virtual modes. One significant fact that has become a trend is that technicians, government officials, and private sector and civil society agents are rarely able to take leaves of absence for long-term training purposes. This makes CATIE’s training programs attractive for training qualified human resources in topics related to agriculture and the environment.
Therefore, in 2019, CATIE’s Training Area entered an intense process of reactivation and a new coordinator with a long history of training activities was appointed. The reactivation of the unit included both the formulation and implementation of several regulations and guidelines to reorder training activities and achieve better articulation between the different CATIE units that carry out these activities (programs, projects and representations in the countries of the region).
All this restructuring work allowed for important achievements in a relatively short period of time, as detailed below: