- The purpose of the visit was to learn about some of the results of CATIE's research projects.
May 13, 2022. The Ambassador of the European Union (EU) in Costa Rica, María Antonia Calvo Puerta, accompanied by the Cooperation Attaché, Birgit Vleugels, and Andreu Cunill Valles, delegation intern, visited CATIE (Tropical Agricultural Research and Higher Education Center) as part of a bilateral cooperation between both organizations.
The meeting began with a speech by CATIE's Director General, Muhammad Ibrahim, who explained the context of CATIE's work and its goal of promoting Inclusive Green Development in Latin America and the Caribbean through its three pillars of work: research, education, and outreach.
Ibrahim highlighted some of the positive results of the implementation of projects financed with EU funds and in conjunction with other organizations, such as the Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA).
During the tour around the campus, the participants visited the Botanical Garden and the international coffee and cocoa collections, which are among the most important in the world, with over 1,260 varieties of cocoa and over 1,967 varieties of coffee, both of which are open to the public.
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