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Republic of Korea and CATIE continue cooperation in Latin America and the Caribbean
- Their work has helped to promote inclusive green development in the region.
July 12, 2021. CATIE (Tropical Agricultural Research and Higher Education Center), represented by its Director General, Muhammad Ibrahim, and the new Korean Ambassador to Costa Rica, Kim Jinhae, accompanied by his counselor, Lee Wonsik, held a meeting on July 8, in which they discussed the main impacts of the cooperative relationship between CATIE and the Republic of Korea.
Ambassador Jinhae emphasized that Korea is interested in following up and strengthening existing cooperation with CATIE, mainly on issues related to agriculture, climate change and forest management.
Ibrahim and Rolando Cerda, coordinator and researcher of CATIE's Coffee and Cocoa Agroforestry and Genetic Improvement Unit, presented the progress and results achieved by the project "Research on varieties and types of pruning and fertilization projects to increase sustainable coffee production by small farmers", after its first year of implementation in eight countries in Latin America and the Caribbean. The audience included ChoAhra, Deputy Secretary General of the Korean Cooperation for Food and Agriculture in Latin America (KoLFACI); Taek-RyounKwan, Director General of Technology Cooperation of the Rural Development Administration; and HyeonUkRyu, Deputy Director of KOICA's Latin America Department.
During the meeting, details were provided on how the project is contributing to improving the livelihoods of small coffee producers in the region, as well as on the research results obtained on coffee plantation management.
The Deputy Secretary General of KoLFACI mentioned being highly satisfied with the cooperation with CATIE and indicated that Korea is currently working on establishing a relationship with the Central American Integration System (SICA, its Spanish acronym), in which they see CATIE as an ally.
In this regard, Ibrahim highlighted the good and important relationship that CATIE has with the SICA Council of Ministers of Agriculture (CAC), the Central American Commission for Environment and Development (CCAD, its Spanish acronym), as well as with the SICA delegates.
Also, within the framework of this cooperation, CATIE and the National Institute of Forest Science (NIFoS) recently signed an agreement in response to their mutual interest in promoting research related to payment for environmental services (PES).
Ibrahim extended an invitation to the Ambassador to visit the CATIE campus in Turrialba, so that he could get a close look at the joint projects being executed.
Karla Salazar Leiva
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