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CATIE signed agreements to encourage agro development in Honduras
- The institution’s contribution will focus on education and research areas
July 3, 2018. On June 29, In the face of the challenges established in the Nation’s Plan, Country Vision, from Honduras, two technical cooperation agreements were signed in San Pedro Sula. One was between CATIE (Tropical Agricultural Research and Higher Education Center) and the National Federation of Agricultural and Livestock Producers of Honduras (FENAGH), for the benefit of the producer families, the other one was between the Institution and the Presidential Program Honduras Scholarships 20/20 for the concession of scholarships to Hondurans in the agriculture and natural resources areas.
The agreement with FENAGH was signed by Leopoldo Durán, president of the federation ad Muhammad Ibrahim, general director of CATIE. Their main objective is that both institutions cooperate in a complementary way in the development of a common scheduling, as well as in programs and projects oriented to the generation of employees and the sustainable rural development.
The Institution and FENAGH committed to promote jointly the creation of a national scientific committee of agro-food production chains, which must promote research and productive development.
Also, they will encourage training for Honduran professionals through graduates, certifications and master’s degrees at a local and international level, as well as to strengthen technical capacities in productive chains of coffee, cocoa and livestock.
“FENAGH agglutinates around a million farmers and livestock producers of the country. For this reason it results important for the Honduran economy; agriculture and livestock represent a 27% of the PIB national and the sector that generates the majority of jobs in the country,” said Celeo Osorio, executive director of FENAGH.
On its part, the agreement with the Presidential Program Honduras Scholarships 20/20 was signed by Erasmo José Portillo, vice-ministry of Education and the General Director of CATIE.
As an specific action of this agreement it will seek to implement an applied research program to solve technical productive limitations that national agro-food production demands, especially coffee and cocoa production as well as low emissions livestock.
At the same time, a plan will be developed for professional training at a post graduate level to encourage technical agro food innovation, sustainable natural resources management and resilience against climate change.
In this sense, the Presidential Program Honduras Scholarships 20/20 committed itself to have scholarships to Honduran professionals that are interested in doing postgraduate studies at CATIE in areas mentioned before.
It is estimated that this agreement comes to encourage the initiative that the Honduran government has in generating more jobs and development for the country, betting for the education and a new generation of professional leaders.
With the signing of both agreements CATIE strengthens its relationship as an strategic ally to Honduras in the search of human wellbeing and the development of the agricultural, agro industrial and agroforestry of the country.
José Manuel González
CATIE in Honduras
Karla Salazar Leiva
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