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Government of Jalisco and CATIE seek joint efforts for the benefit of the agricultural sector and nature conservation

  • The Center, SADER and SEMADET sign a cooperation agreement

June 22, 2021. Recognizing the importance of establishing strategic alliances through horizontal cooperation, the complementarity of actions and the coordination of efforts to produce more far-reaching results for the benefit of the agricultural sector and nature conservation in Jalisco, Mexico, on June 22, CATIE (Tropical Agricultural Research and Higher Education Center) and the Ministries of Agriculture and Rural Development (SADER, its Spanish acronym) and Environment and Territorial Development (SEMADET) signed a tripartite cooperation agreement.

The main interest is to promote the sustainable development of the state of Jalisco, as an economic and social process that seeks to satisfy the basic needs of the present population, without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs, while conserving biodiversity and natural resources.

The agreement was signed by Muhammad Ibrahim, Director General of CATIE; Sergio Graf, Secretary of Environment and Territorial Development; and Carlos Alberto Jiménez, representing Salvador Álvarez, Secretary of Agriculture and Rural Development. Also present were special guests such as: Juan José Llama, executive director of Natural Resources of SEMADET; Carmen Gómez, director of Biological Corridors and Watersheds of SEMADET; Rafael Jesús Llama, from the direction of Biological Corridors and Watersheds of SEMADET; Claudia Sepúlveda, CATIE liaison in Mexico and leader of the Livestock and Environmental Management Unit; and Juan Edduardo Betanzos, local coordinator of the BioPaSOS project in Jalisco.

"Within the framework of this agreement, we will be able to accompany the activities and initiatives that are developed to promote sustainable agriculture and natural resource management in the state of Jalisco. We are ready to outline the path of joint actions, programs and projects of mutual interest in the field of education, research and technical cooperation that can be worked on together, within the sphere of our respective competencies," said Ibrahim, who also highlighted the commitment and collaboration that both secretariats have provided to CATIE in the implementation of the Biodiversity and Sustainable Agro-Silvopastoral  Livestock Landscapes project, known as BioPaSOS.

In this sense, Secretary Graf commented that the work developed in these years with BioPaSOS has been decisive because it has allowed the consolidation in the state of Jalisco of the model towards sustainable livestock farming, built jointly with SADER and based on the strengthening of the capacities of producer families. "For us it is a real pleasure to be able to establish this agreement with CATIE, the prestige of this institution is a very important incentive for us in the formation and strengthening of local capacities," said Graf.

Jiménez indicated that SADER is committed to this type of actions that help to face the challenge of conceiving production systems that are increasingly environmentally friendly and, above all, to have the possibility of working on the basis of the concept of educating producers.  

Among the activities expected to be consolidated through this agreement are the joint definition of agricultural and natural resource development projects in the state of Jalisco; support and promote the implementation of research activities related to integrated land management projects with a focus on sustainable rural development; support and manage resources for higher education; promote training and active education in areas of common interest; and promote the transfer of technologies and exchanges of experiences.

 

Muhammad Ibrahim, Director General of CATIE; Sergio Graf, Secretary of
SEMADET; and Carlos Alberto Jiménez, representative of SADER, signing
the cooperation agreement.

 

More information:

Juan Edduardo Betanzos
Local Coordinator,  BioPaSOS Project, Jalisco
CATIE
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Karla Salazar Leiva
Communicator
Information Technology and Communication
CATIE
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