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What we do at the CATIE El Salvador NTO:

We generate and execute efforts to fulfill our social mission with the communities while we make contributions to education, research and technical cooperation.

  • To fulfill our mission to improve human welfare and reduce rural poverty we use education, research and technical cooperation, and we also promote the sustainable management of agriculture and natural resources.
  • In El Salvador we work with the public and private sectors, academia, NGOs, municipalities and civil society organizations. Our goal is to provide the country with the knowledge we generate through research by students of the Graduate School, as well as technologies and methodologies developed by programs and projects; we see all this reflected in different actions taken on agricultural, livestock, environmental, forestry, human resources training, protected area management, watershed management, risk management and governance issues.
  • Every year the NTO works with an average of 50 professionals who participate in our institutional actions, projects, consultancies and studies related to the agricultural, forestry and environmental sectors and for risk management and vulnerability related to climate change, and ecosystem approaches.

Major projects

From our base at the CATIE El Salvador NTO we have executed many regional projects, ranging from innovations in vegetables to involvement in the protection of special areas and strategic watershed management. These are some of the projects that we have developed from this office that links efforts and staff from El Salvador and the CATIE headquarters.

Regional projects. We participate in the execution of regional projects including CATIE-MAP, Innovations in specialty vegetables in the Trifinio region, and the Forests and Forest Management Project in Central America (Finnfor).

Productive projects. We execute nationally funded productive projects, one of which is for Increasing the Production and Value of Fruits and Vegetables in the Northern Region of the Department of Cabañas. It is funded by FOMILENIO to assist more than 600 producers.

We support fruit production in Cabañas

We help vegetable producers reduce their costs and improve their productivity using best agricultural practices

Vegetable production. The vegetable production with irrigation project is executed with ten families in the municipality of Caluco. It is replicating the methodologies and technologies promoted by the Innovation with specialty vegetables project that is being developed in the Trifinio region.

The vegetable plot of 10 families making sound use of water in Caluco using MAP approaches

Protection of natural areas.We participate in the protection of natural areas and through the Management of the Complejo Los Farallones Protected Natural Area project with the active participation of local actors, we protect all 400 hectares of the conservation area plus the buffer zone. Nine communities comprising more than 4,000 people receive ecosystem services and two municipalities participate: Caluco and San Julián in Sonsonate department, with funds from the Initiative for the Americas of El Salvador (FIAES).

We support the conservation of the Complejo Los Farallones Protected Natural Area

Watershed management.Today we develop and implement watershed management plans. Actions are carried out in five micro-basins in territories located in San Vicente, Cuscatlán and Cabañas for the Ministry of Environment. Work is done with the Spanish NGO Geólogos del Mundo to implement activities aimed at developing the Management Plan for the Las Cañas river basin with a focus on risk management.

NTO technicians plan the execution of the San Vicente, Cuscatlán and Cabañas Management Plan for a MARN project and its implementation in the territories.

Panoramic view of the Ismataco River micro-basin in San Vicente Management plans.

We prepare plans for the management of risk from disasters. We are currently doing one for the Municipality of Caluco, Sonsonate, with support from the Salvadoran Foundation for Economic and Social Development (FUSADES)

Analyzing risks from disasters in Caluco Assessments.

We support the realization of participatory assessments for different organizations of the country and we participate in inter-agency platforms for managing territories.

Who we are

The CATIE National Technical Office (NTO) in El Salvador was founded in 1977 under the Division of Outreach and Development. Although this NTO has been operating for 36 years, El Salvador didn’t become a CATIE member country until October 16, 1986.

Since 1977, we have had an impact on the fields of agriculture, forestry, the environment and livestock, developing many projects that have left their mark on the country. Our most significant role has been the training of human resources through the Graduate School and training processes for professionals, leaders and producer partners in our projects.