CATIE Consolidates Engagement with Global Agenda and FAO

Collaboration opportunities identified will leverage research and education in promising new projects

During a visit to FAO headquarters in Rome on 14 March, Muhammad Ibrahim, Director General of the Costa Rica based Tropical Agronomic Center for Research and Education (CATIE) and FAO officials identified several opportunities for renewed collaboration.

Immediate opportunities identified included the translation of a CATIE course on the economic and social valorization of high mountain ecosystems into English, and cooperation around a new project to restore degraded lands in Paraguay with anticipated funding through the Green Climate Fund (GCF). CATIE is also being considered for inclusion in a new water proposal in Bolivia, also with GCF funds, and in conducting a REDD + analysis. Possibilities for the promotion of CATIE’s work in the Global Dairy Platform were also discussed.

CATIE and FAO also agreed to organize a workshop to track the progress of research on carbon sequestration in pastures and silvopastoral systems and to outline the measurement, reporting and verification (MRV) methodologies within the framework of the LEAP project. The workshop is slated to be held at CATIE in August, and will be combined with the development of a proposal to identify how improvements in carbon and organic matter contribute to productivity, efficiency and provide multiple benefits.

CATIE joined the Global Agenda in July 2014, following years of partnership between CATIE and FAO in support of the rural and agri-environmental development of Latin America and the Caribbean.