October 15, 2020. Last October 12, in Managua, Nicaragua, the international organization BROOKE and CATIE (Tropical Agricultural Research and Higher Education Center) signed an agreement, with the purpose of establishing the basis for a technical and scientific cooperation that will allow the materialization of joint efforts of interest to both organizations for the exchange of experiences and the management of opportunities in the field of animal welfare, mainly in equines.
The agreement, signed between Muhammad Ibrahim, general director of CATIE, and Fredred Valdivia, general director of BROOKE, indicates that both organizations will seek to develop and initiate the implementation of work and cooperation actions based on the potential and strengths of both parties in research, training and development of programs and/or projects related to the welfare of equines that are used in rural development processes.
In addition, it states that it will seek to promote the exchange of experiences on the topics of sustainable production of agri-food items for local consumption and export, through the adoption of best practices in equine welfare, improvement of agricultural competitiveness, coffee and cocoa value chains, access to water, restoration of productive and natural ecosystems. All this under the orientation of achieving human-animal welfare and the inclusion of working animals in the resilience practices of the communities that depend on them in the face of natural disasters.
Also, through this agreement, it was agreed to promote training, exchange and technical and/or scientific coordination actions between both institutions; as well as to manage and develop joint research in the field of equine contributions (in the field of rural and sustainable development), human welfare and the environment.
Both parties agreed to establish an operational mechanism that will allow them to develop specific agreements for the execution of mutually beneficial projects.
Representative a.i. CATIE Nicaragua
CATIE National Office in Nicaragua