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CATIE aims to strengthen its work in environmental livestock, agroforestry, agrobiodiversity and family farming

  • To achieve the purpose the institution formed a new research program focused on these issues 

September 12, 2017. Recently, CATIE (The Tropical Agricultural Research and Higher Education Center) integrated its research work in the areas of livestock, agroforestry and agrobiodiversity in the new Program of Agriculture, Livestock and Agroforestry (PRAGA in its Spanish acronym), which forms part of the Research Directorate for Green and Inclusive Development of the institution.

According to Eduardo Somarriba, leader of PRAGA, the work of the program focuses on six lines of action:

  1. Productive efficiency and resilience of livestock based on silvopastoral systems
  2. Productive efficiency and resilience of agroforestry systems with perennial crops (coffee and cocoa)
  3. Restoration, conservation of biodiversity and generation of ecosystem services in agricultural landscapes
  4. Agrobiodiversity, food security and family farming
  5. Innovative policies and incentives for sustainable farms and landscapes
  6. Carbon stocks and greenhouse gas flows in agroforestry and silvopastoral systems

These thematic emphases are part of CATIE's lines of action, which encompass the work of the three research programs. In this regard, Somarriba highlighted that there is a strong interrelation and cooperation between PRAGA and the other two programs of the Center.

"We are convinced that these thematic thrusts of PRAGA respond to the needs of the countries of Latin America and the Caribbean. Agroforestry, coffee, cocoa, agrobiodiversity and livestock are undoubtedly historical strengths of CATIE, which have been refurbished and refocused to align them with the global agenda, the Sustainable Development Objectives, to the Biodiversity Conservation Convention and other conventions of the United Nations (UN)", Somarriba explained.

PRAGA is integrated to important global and continental networks and develops joint actions with the Center for International Cooperation in Agronomic Research for Development in France (CIRAD), Bioversity International member of the CGIAR, World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF) and the Centre for Agriculture and Biosciences International (CABI).

In addition, PRAGA is currently implementing numerous research and development projects in different countries of the region.

Its donors include the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) the Regional Fund for Agricultural Technology (FONTAGRO in its Spanish acronym),  the World Coffee Research, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR), CGIAR Forests, Trees and Agroforestry research program (FTA), the Global Environment Facility (GEF), the Climate and Clean Air Coalition (CCAC), New Zealand, IKI of the German Government, NSF of Norway, Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) of the United Kingdom, the Korean Rural Economy Institute (KREI) and others.


Instances comprising PRAGA

PRAGA is CATIE's largest research program and includes the technical teams of cocoa, coffee, agroforestry, livestock, the Soil Laboratory, the Biotechnology Laboratory, the Botanical Garden and Collections of Plant Genetic Resources, La Lola Farm and the Bank of Forest Seeds.


More information:

Eduardo Somarriba


Agriculture, Livestock and Agroforestry Program


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Karla Salazar Leiva


Information Technology and Communication


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