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Agri-food and Forestry Schools of the Dominican Republic agree to request support from CATIE

  • They interest is on receiving research assistance and training on topics such as cocoa, coffee and organic agriculture

August 30, 2017. In the framework of the last meeting of the Subcommittee on Agri-Food and Forest Careers of the Dominican Republic of the Ministry of Higher Education, Science and Technology (MESCyT in its Spanish acronym), held on August 22 in Santo Domingo, the deans and directors of the area schools agreed to request CATIE (The Tropical Agricultural Research and Higher Education Center) for technical assistance in research and training on topics such as coffee, cocoa and organic agriculture.

The above responds to the presentation given during the meeting, by Alfredo Mena, CATIE representative in the Dominican Republic, which showed the mission, basic functions and strengths of the institution to the 12 participating universities, as well as the services offered to the countries in education, research and external projection through the implementation of projects.

At the same time, Mena presented the academic offer of the Center, highlighting the role that CATIE has played in finding answers to the needs of farmers in productive chains such as coffee and cocoa and other topics such as livestock, agroforestry, watershed conservation and climate change.

The deans and directors also requested assistance from CATIE in the preparation of the NAMA for coffee and cocoa in coordination with other national institutions and it was agreed that at the next meeting of the Board of Directors of the Caribbean Higher Education Council on Agriculture (known in Spanish as CACHE), to be held in April 2018, an alliance with the Center will be proposed to make exchanges with the different universities that are part of the council.

Mena left an invitation to the meeting participants to further explore CATIE's options in education and research and the possibility of developing productive alliances, since it is important for the institution to formalize alliances for the benefit of the agri-food and forestry sector.

More information:
Alfredo Mena
Representative of CATIE in Dominican Republic
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Karla Salazar Leiva
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