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Dr. Nigel Poole, Director
United Kingdom / International community

Nigel originally trained in natural sciences and agricultural extension in the United Kingdom and began a career in international agricultural development in Southern Africa. He then worked for 11 years on an agricultural settlement and development programme among indigenous groups in the Paraguayan Chaco as a specialist in livestock production. He switched into socioeconomics and completed his PhD at the University of London in agricultural marketing in the international citrus industry. He has gained experience in diverse countries in Latin America, the Mediterranean Basin, Sub-Saharan Africa and South and South-east Asia. He has supervised PhD students working in Mexico, Nicaragua, Ecuador and Bolivia, and has been connected with CATIE through collaborative research since 2004. His university teaching has been mainly in business studies, agricultural marketing and agribusiness management. His current research interests are in agrifood systems organisation and performance, among other things:

  - value chain organisation, policy and health linkages
  - management of natural resources and derived products
  - small business development and producer organisations


Environmental Socioeconomics

This specialization provides a unique opportunity for professional training in an intercultural, multidisciplinary and high quality academic environment. Thanks to a team of highly qualified professors and researchers, students receive training and build skills for addressing the most relevant environmental problems in Latin America and the Caribbean, from a perspective that combines economic and social dimensions.

The constant updating of the curriculum ensures training and exchange of ideas to meet the challenges of development in harmony with the environment, in a setting characterized by the urgent need for adaptation to climate change and the sustainable management of ecosystem services.

The primary objective of the Environmental Socioeconomics specialization is to develop and strengthen our students with the necessary skills, from an economic and social point of view, to enable them to propose alternatives for improving human wellbeing through proper ecosystem management.

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Admission to CATIE

The admissions process is open year-round; however, it is best to complete the process as early as possible so that scholarships, loans or other financial aid can be obtained as necessary.


TITULO DE RECUADRO/BOX TITLE: General requirements
  • A bachelor’s or equivalent degree issued by a public or private university that is officially recognized in its country (for graduates, specializations and master’s) and master’s and doctoral degrees.
  • Fill out and send in the admission request form for the program to which you want to apply.
  • Provide the documents required by each graduate program you want to pursue.
  • Demonstrate that you have the financial support required to complete your studies.
  • Pass the home residency test for admission (only in the case of master’s students).

Download the admissions forms here:

Doctorate admissions form

Admission form for Academic Masters

Admission form for Professional Masters

Admission form for Master of Agribusiness

Admission form for Master in Sustainable Tourism

Admission form for Diploma programs and Specializations

Sustainable Agricultural Systems

This specialization prepares professionals to promote and develop processes for the design and management of sustainable agricultural systems. The vision is holistic, comprehensive, systemic and interdisciplinary where paradigms for the conservation of the productive capacity of ecosystems, competitiveness, valuation of externalities, equality, food security and improving the quality of life of the population are basic elements.

Our specialization in Sustainable Agricultural Systems start with looking at agriculture as a sustainable production system; the idea that it is possible to incorporate a climate-smart agriculture component of into industrial, ecological and organic agriculture. The specialization has a long-term vision that integrates the provision of ecosystem services and systemic interactions in the four basic dimensions: ecological, social, economic and political.

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