Centro Agronómico Tropical de Investigación y Enseñanza (CATIE)

The Tropical Agricultural Research and Higher Education Centre (CATIE) is a regional centre dedicated to research and graduate education in agriculture, and the management, conservation and sustainable use of natural resources. Its members include Belize, Bolivia, Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Venezuela, the Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA) and the State of Acre in Brazil. Its mission is to increase sustainable and inclusive human well-being in Latin America and the Caribbean, promoting education, research and outreach for the sustainable management of agriculture and conservation of natural resources.

CATIE worked together with the Regional Fund for Agricultural Technology to develop a workshop about research methodologies in livestock production systems adapted to climate change. In April of this year, 12 Latin American countries met at the workshop to learn about understanding the water cycle within the livestock as well as different methodologies to monitor the use and conservation of water in cattle farms. Events like this workshop is part of CAITE’s strategy to form alliances with multiple public and private partners, to promote the development of climate-smart territories as a tool to achieve sustainable and inclusive human well-being.

CATIE´s Graduate Program is said to be the most experienced in Latin America and the Caribbean in agriculture, natural resources and environment. The Master’s Program is linked to prestigious international universities and has agreements with over 50 universities and 400 partners throughout the world. CATIE’s Doctoral Program in agriculture and natural resources includes subjects such as agroforestry and sustainable agriculture; integrated watershed and water resource management; economics, development and climate change and management and conservation of tropical forests and biodiversity. Within its international doctoral program, four options are offered:  a) Joint program, in English, with the University of Bangor, Wales (United Kingdom); b) Joint program, in English, with the University of Idaho (United States); c) CATIE doctoral program, in English, with cooperating universities in the United States and Europe; and d) CATIE doctoral program, in Spanish, with cooperating universities in Latin America and Spain.

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