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CATIE’s diploma course improves performance of rural companies in Latin America

  • It is the most long-standing virtual course of the Center that focuses on improving the capacities of associative rural enterprises

The Virtual Diploma of Rural Associative Enterprises offered by CATIE (The Tropical Agricultural Research and Higher Education Center) through the Agribusiness Development Unit (UDA in its Spanish acronym), since 2014, has graduated 56 people (24 men and 32 women) who support the business growth of rural organizations in 11 countries in Latin America and the Caribbean.

Sith Yin Sánchez, coordinator of the course and Strategic Specialist of the UDA, stated that the course offers complementary training to a wide range of actors involved in the management of businesses in rural areas. "We have trained people of different educational levels and positions who need to understand the characteristics of this type of organizations".

One of the students of the diploma is María Gabriela Texcahua, who works at the development agency Fund for Peace, Mexico. She said that the experience has allowed her to carry actions that promote equal opportunities by collaborating with women, men and children from indigenous rural areas, who produce parchment coffee and who seek to generate their own income under a sustainable vision.

For Jose Leonardo Montoya, field technician of the Ecuadorian company Eco Kakao, the wide recognition of the training offered by CATIE in agricultural and social research is a guarantee of the quality content of this course. "Nowadays I apply my new knowledge in peasant organizations of different strata in which we recognize, identify and manage solutions to various problems."

The diploma course includes the areas of financial culture, value chains, marketing and development of strengthening strategies. Gloria Herrera, president of the Management Board of the Cacao los Izalcos Agricultural Cooperative (ACPACI of R.L.) in El Salvador, participated in the diploma because she felt the responsibility of learning about these issues. "My goal is to achieve productive linkages, strengthen the links in the value chain, recognize the opportunities in time and even predict them to gain competitive advantage in the company" said the leader.

Herrera added that now she makes the right decisions that have led to the growth and strengthening of the organization. "We have managed to identify markets, allies and customers. We see the cooperative as a company that generates economic and social wealth and we transfer that thought of empowerment to the associates” she concluded.

Next February 2018 a new edition of this training begins. For more details visit



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