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Producers and technicians from Guatemala and Mexico exchanged experiences in agro silvo-pastoral practices.
- The exchange was promoted by BioPaSOS project in the state of Campeche.
April 2, 2019. The project Biodiversity and Sustainable Agrosilvo-pastoral Livestock Landscapes, known as BioPaSOS, which is implemented by CATIE (Tropical Agricultural Research and Higher Education Center) and the Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA), facilitated the exchange of experiences on agrosilvopastoral practices between producers and technicians from different organizations and institutions of the government of Guatemala and government producers and institutions, civil organizations and universities in Mexico.
On behalf of Guatemala, producers from the El Naranjo livestock committee and the El Gran Jaguar agricultural committee participated, as well as technicians from the GIZ-GT Maya Forest Project, the Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock (MAGA, its Spanish acronym), the Municipality of Flores and the Social Pastoral of Petén. From Mexico, the Forestry Research and Technology Transfer Center (CITTFOR, its Spanish acronym), Pronatura Yucatan Peninsula, the Rural Development Secretariat (SDR, its Spanish acronym) of the state of Campeche, the Juárez Autónoma Tabasco University and BioPaSOS technicians participated.
During the activity, Guatemalan producers and technicians learned about several experiences in agroforestry systems in the state and received training on the Field School (ECA, its Spanish acronym for escuelas de campo) methodology and participatory tools to develop learning activities with small livestock producers.
In addition, there was a space in which the different participating institutions, both from Guatemala and Mexico, presented the progress they are making in each of their projects to promote agro-silvopastoral systems.
Edwin Pérez, local coordinator of BioPaSOS project in Campeche, explained that the objective of the tour was to strengthen alliances between institutions and producers in the promotion of agroforestry systems and climate-smart livestock systems, as well as capacity building and the exchange of experiences between technicians and livestock producers in the department of Petén and the state of Campeche.
The producers of the livestock committees recognized the importance of these exchange spaces to learn new ways of working and share experiences, which in turn allowed them to know in theory and practice the methodology of the Field School.
Finally, Pérez thanked the efforts of all the members of the tour from Guatemala, the host producers for their cooperation and participation, and all the local partners for their interest in promoting this kind of initiative.
More information/ written by:
Edwin Pérez Sánchez
Local Coordinator in Campeche, México
Biodiversity and Sustainable Agrosilvo-pastoral Livestock Landscapes BioPaSOS-