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CATIE-Nicaragua’s main objective is to service as an in-country platform for the Center, bringing our products and services to the members, partners and the general public that require them. Here are our areas of action in terms of products and services.

The Application of CATIE’s three basic functions with partners and allies. Innovation for development through demonstration projects, research, and education.

Services. We formulate projects, carry out consultancies and studies, build capacities, do research, generate knowledge products such as technologies in cocoa, coffee, Musa species, vegetables, cucurbitaceous species, books, manuals, booklets, maps, software packages for forest management, GIS, fund management, and more. Our efforts transfer learning, technologies, methodologies, work approaches and other aspects of CATIE’s potential for their use, management and institutionalization, contributing to the sustainable management of natural resources and the environment where people are the center of the action.

More details about the services we offer:

Table No. 1. Strengthening human capital in agricultural, environmental and rural enterprise sector topics that are permanently offered.



Training sessions for national decision-makers


  1. Planning and management of biological corridors in the MBC
  1. Economic valuation of environmental goods and services in the MBC

Activities aimed at local decision-makers


  1. Planning and management of biological corridors in the MBC
  1. Financial sustainability of biological corridors
  1. Monitoring and evaluation of biological corridors in terms of biodiversity conservation and sustainable use
  1. Collective action and design of local institutions for natural resource management

Training for trainers and local level multipliers


  1. Development of sustainable rural tourism in the Mesoamerican Biological Corridor
  1. Agroecological production of annual crops in the MBC
  1. Innovation for the production of sustainable coffee in the MBC
  1. Modernization and sustainability of cacao farming in the MBC
  1. Design and implementation of payment for environmental service (PES) schemes that are locally self-sufficient
  1. Tools to control illegal logging
  1. Environmental livestock production
  1. Promoting the use and management of native tree species in agroforestry production systems in the MBC
  1. Diversified management of forest ecosystems
  1. Territorial management using an ecosystem approach
  1. Wildlife management in the MBC
  1. Community cooperation for the design of local institutions for natural resource management and common use

Diploma programs: Training for technical personnel and final year students in related majors

1.     Diploma program in Modern Cacao Cultivation

2.     Diploma program in Watershed Co-management

3.     Diploma program in Agroecology

4.     Diploma program in Sustainable Management of Agroforestry Coffee

Source: Prepared using 2012 UGO information.

Table No. 2. Training by topic according to specific demand, for technical personnel:

Modalities: Workshops (3 days or more), Short Courses (1 week), Specialization Courses (3 weeks), Diploma programs (600 hours or per the requirements of the Ministries of Education for each country (ranging from 12 credits to at least 540 hours); all are offered fully or partially in person or virtually.



Environmental Livestock Production

  • Management of degraded pastures
  • Design of Silvopastoral Systems (SPS), diversified livestock systems and rural poverty
  • Formulation of Silvopastoral projects
  • Rehabilitation de degraded pastures
  • Grassland improvement
  • Evaluation of carbon in silvopastoral systems
  • Local knowledge in livestock systems.
  • Transformation of traditional cattle farms to sustainable silvopastoral systems
  • Value chains for the main products from agrosilvopastoral systems
  • Livestock production, environment and climate change
  • Influence on policy with local and national governments for the promotion of eco-friendly livestock production
  • Certification of eco-friendly livestock production


Agroforestry and sustainable agriculture


·            Diploma program in Agroecology

·            Biological pest control

·            Biopesticides

·            Organic agriculture

·            Greenhouse vegetable production

·            Ecophysiology and quality of coffee and cocoa

·            Methodologies for quantifying, modeling and valuing environmental services in coffee and cacao

·            Integrated pest management

·            Diversification of coffee farms and cacao farms (timber and fruit trees)

·            Specialty coffees (i.e. organic), certification, management, bioeconomic valuation

·           Evaluation of environmental and socioeconomic services from the management of coffee and cacao agroforestry systems.

·            Economic valuation of environmental products and services in AFS

·            Agroforestry systems and climate change

·            Sustainable value chains in agroforestry systems (coffee and cacao)

·           Reducing pesticide use and promoting environmentally-friendly systems through the use of clean technologies for the management of phytosanitary problems

·           Production and management of entomopathogenic organisms and pest antagonists, use of plant extracts with insecticidal or repellent activity and inducers of disease resistance

·            Analysis of soil health and quality in different agroecosystems.

·            Training using the Field School modality


Management of watersheds and water resources.


  • Hydrological balance, hydrological inventory and hydrological modeling.
  • Analysis of water quality
  • Analysis of actors in watershed management and administration
  • Identification and determination of water recharge zones
  • Protection of water sources
  • Zoning and participatory territorial planning
  • Design of soil and water conservation practices and works
  • Designing watershed agencies
  • Risk management
  • Integrated water management
  • Watershed management
  • Co-management of watersheds
  • Design of strategies for the execution of watershed management plans, programs and projects
  • Studies of land use capacity, current use, divergence in land use, soil erosion and sedimentation.
  • Preparation of thematic maps using GIS applications in agriculture and natural resources
  • Hydrological modeling


Cambio climático


  • Effects of human activities on climate change and possibilities for mitigation
  • Impacts of climate change on societies and the biosphere and possibilities for adaptation
  • Indirect effects of mitigation or adaptation activities on development and the environment
  • Development of instruments for the implementation of conventions (i.e.: payment for environmental services)
  • Effect of national policies on local natural resource management practices
  • National implementation of conventions, design of national policies and international instruments
  • Mitigation: REDD, tools for carbon accounting. Methodologies for carbon measurement, measurement of magnitude of degradation, measurements of carbon in forests
  • Modeling: response of forests to climate change. Effects of climate change on ecosystem services
  • Adaptation: Climate change and ecosystem services, analysis of vulnerability of communities and forests
  • Governance and REDD, Adaptation to climate change; Monitoring reforestation and REDD. Strengthening indigenous capacities
  • Analysis of scenarios in climate change, GIS applications
  • Socioeconomic studies to determine public perception of climate change




  • Economics and environmental policy
  • Forest Economics and land use policies
  • Studies about valuation of ecosystem services
  • Design of environmental services billing and payment systems
  • Concepts and tools for best practices in natural resource management and rural development
  • Studies and analyses of gender equity
  • Policy, legal and institutional framework for the development of Eco-SMEs
  • Eco-product markets and marketing
  • Promote the positioning of Eco-SMEs in national and international eco-product markets
  • Promote the organizational and entrepreneurial capacities of Eco-SMEs
  • Institutional innovations in inter-enterprise organization
  • Analysis of markets for Entrepreneurial Development Services (EDS), with a focus on the demand for Eco-SMEs.


Production and conservation of forests.

  • Forest Genetic Resources: seedbeds, genetic enhancement, seed storage and germination, domestication of Meliaceae (mahogany – Swietenia macrophylla and S. humilis, Spanish cedar – Cedrela odorata, cloning of forest species, micropropagation techniques and in vitro propagation, evaluation of genetic diversity of tropical forest species, conservation in situ and ex situ.
  • Tropical Forest Management: Standards (principles, criteria and indicators) for sustainability, sustainable management of timber and non-timber products, marketing of timber and non-timber products, biodiversity conservation, community management, diversified forest management, simulation and prediction of managed forest growth and yields, silviculture, natural forest management, secondary forest management.
  • Landscape level characterization and planning; restoration of ecosystems and the goods and services that are produced through forest plantations and secondary succession; silviculture for timber and non-timber products; ecological monitoring for forest certification; and the conservation and use of the genetic diversity of trees.
  • Protected Areas, Biological Corridors and Biodiversity: protected area management, biodiversity conservation, landscape ecology, fragmented landscapes, sustainable management of ecosystems and natural resources.
  • Territorial forest management
  • Forest policies


Competitiveness and value chains


  • Promotion of value chains, with an emphasis on association formation, strategic alliances and logistical networks
  • Facilitation of entrepreneurial organization by small producers, with a focus on livelihoods
  • Business planning (strategic and business plans, marketing and financing strategies)
  • Rural enterprise development
  • Value chains applied to:

Agriculture: coffee, banana, cacao, dairy, fruits and vegetables, honey, sesame, cashew nuts and other organic products, gourmet or fair trade.

Forest sector: Madera certified wood and non-timber forest products such as xate, bamboo, heart of palm, Brazil nuts, medicinal and craft plants

  • Promote small producer eco-enterprises in specialty markets for agricultural and forest products.
  • Identification of buyers, service providers and marketing opportunities for products with special attributes
  • Analysis of accreditation, certification and traceability systems
  • Value chains with a focus on gender
  • Preparation of agricultural and forestry eco-business plans



Source: Information from CATIE-OTN-UGO 2013.

Table No. 4 Plant Material: Validated internationally for its quality, aroma and flavor in the case of cacao.




Varieties, Seeds, scions, technical assistance, research, Zigzag extension methods


Varieties, research, Zigzag extension methods

Musaceae species

Research, varieties, technical assistance

Vegetables and Cucurbitaceae species

Research, varieties, technical assistance

Tree, flower and fruit species of the humid tropics

Visit to the Garden, material

Source: Information from CATIE-OTN-UGO 2013.

Table No. 5 Other services



Geographic Information System


Virtual platforms (searchable information systems)


Information Services: ORTON Library

Supply of specialized information on natural resources and the environment.

Humid Tropics Ecotourism Services

Organization of tours of botanical garden, ecological cattle farm, coffee farm

Source: Information from CATIE-OTN-UGO 2013.

Who we are

Nicaragua is one of the founding countries of CATIE. It has been a member of CATIE since 1978 and the Ministry of Agriculture (MAGFOR) is the liaison between Nicaragua and the central headquarters in Costa Rica. The NTO allows the dissemination of knowledge, supervises and monitors the institution’s actions in Nicaragua, and facilitates administrative and financial quality control of the projects for which it has responsibility.

The NTO is under the leadership of a representative and their technical and administrative team. It is a key instrument for linking CATIE with institutions, partners and national and local organizations. The Nicaragua NTO is very important because it carries out the execution of local activities and collaborates in the organization of proposals and identification of opportunities, in coordination with the UGO at the Central Headquarters.

Mission: CATIE Nicaragua is a higher education and research organization that in conjunction with key actors of the rural sector generates and disseminates technological and methodological innovations to contribute to sustainable human development.

Vision: CATIE Nicaragua lives and shares with its partners its commitment to the management of knowledge for sustainable and equitable human development.

Programs and projects

The CATIE Nicaragua National Technical Office encompasses programs and projects that address development and research initiatives, all focused on execution in 2013. Here are our actions in this regard.

Development initiatives. Under this perspective we develop the Mesoamerican Agro-environmental Program (MAP), the Regional ADA Project, the National ADA Project and the PRASECAS Project.

Research initiatives. There are seven projects covered in this wing of research initiatives. They are: Human Consumption Guide Project; Communities and Climate Change; Expected Impacts and Adaptation in Central America; Funci Tree Project; Value Chain Project; Centinel Landscape Project; Masatepe Coffee Testing Project; and the Adapting to Change and Climate Variability in Livestock Production Project: Strengthening Capacities in Honduras and Nicaragua.

What we do at the CATIE Nicaragua NTO:

The CATIE Nicaragua NTO has successfully executed many projects but in particular it has created an array of partners for development. Our actions are detailed below.

  • Successful implementation of projects with significant impacts in rural settings and in processes to build capacity in professionals, technicians, producers, promoters and others that allow us and our allies to reach the rural population with technologies and methodologies that contribute to sustainable development and the sustainable management of natural resources.
  • Innovative knowledge, technologies, practices and systematized processes for successful work with farming families, organizations and public and private institutions, trade associations and universities, on the management of knowledge and information. All this has resulted in changes in natural and social settings that are harmonized and guided by a common goal related to rural living in the territory.
  • In terms of our partners for development, we have consolidated collaboration in three modes of participation. These are: key actors for change (private sector, civil society organizations, education and academia’ municipalities, indigenous governance actors and public institutions); collaborators (international partners, public and private funding sources, and regulatory institutions) and recipients (farming families, indigenous communities and territorial organizations).

Contact us!

M.Sc. Estela Clotilde Alemán Mercado

Representative CATIE Nicaragua National Technical Office

Apartado Postal # 4830

Address: Kilómetro 8 ½ Carretera a Masaya, Edificio MAGFOR, Nicaragua.