The Dominican Institute of Agricultural and Forestry Research (IDIAF)

Instituto Dominicano de Investigaciones Agropecuarias y Forestales(IDIAF)

The Dominican Institute of Agricultural and Forestry Research (IDIAF) is the institution responsible for the implementation of the policy of agricultural and forestry research and validation of the Dominican Republic.

The organisation is very involved in the cacao industry. In May of this year, the students of Scientist, Dr. Miguel Canela Lazarus, visited the Experimental Mata Larga Station of the IDIAF with the purpose of getting to know the laboratories and equipment. Socorro Garcia, a researcher at IDIAF received them and explained to them the services of technical assistance and laboratories that are offered, including diagnosis of pests and diseases. Researchers Alejandro Maria Nunez, Orlando Rodriguez de la Hoz and executive director of, engineer Rafael Perez Duverge, participated in the Third World Cocoa Conference held in the Dominican Republic. The conference was organised by the International Cocoa Organisation (ICCO). About 700 thousand delegates of the sector and producers of cocoa and chocolate manufacturers from over 60 countries, presented on the production and processing of the cocoa industry worldwide.

The operational plan of the IDIAF is to use projects to accomplish their goals. Each project must define and justify a set of scheduled activities for a period of time and indicate the income and expenses related to these activities. The work plan of the Institute shall be the sum of the annual operating plans of all units that simultaneously integrate all projects or components of projects to be developed in that period.

One of the projects in the IDIAF is Food Safety. This program aims to help all people in the country, at all times, to have physical and economic access to sufficient, safe and nutritious access to meet their dietary needs and food preferences for an active and healthy life. Another project is Rural Development, which aims to contribute to the productive and organisational transformation in a given rural area. It represents a shift towards a vision of rural development with a territorial, interdisciplinary and market vision focus.

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