Presentation on theme: "CATIE brings science, graduate education and technical cooperation together to reduce poverty and improve human wellbeing through the integrated management."— Presentation transcript:
CATIE brings science, graduate education and technical cooperation together to reduce poverty and improve human wellbeing through the integrated management of agriculture and conservation of the environment
CATIE, An international “land grant” university Seattle, December 15, 2010
Our history 1940Henry A. Wallace, in the VIII American Scientific Congress and advocated by the Pan American Union, promoted the founding of the Inter-American Institute for Agricultural Sciences (IICA). 1943Turrialba, Costa Rica, was chosen as the headquarters. 1973Agreement between IICA and the Costa Rican government to create CATIE.
Our mission Increase human well-being and reduce poverty in rural areas through education, research and technical cooperation, promoting sustainable management of competitive agriculture and natural resources.
Our Strength Integration of three functions based on integrated and collaborative approaches Technical Cooperation Education Research
Generate scientific knowledge related to needs in Latin America and the Caribbean Form leaders capable of solving problems in a complex and changing world Implement projects that contribute to agricultural development and conservation of natural resources Contribute to public policy at municipal, national and international levels through scientific knowledge Work in strategic alliances with more than 200 public and private partners Serve as a regional platform for the development and implementation of local solutions for global priorities What we do
Where we work Headquarters in Turrialba, Costa Rica National technical offices: Bolivia El Salvador Guatemala Honduras Nicaragua Panama Dominican Republic Belize Acre, Brazil Mexico Venezuela (planned) Member Countries
CATIE paradigms to address global challenges Purpose: to enhance social and ecological resilience via human, social, cultural, political and natural capitals: –Integration of multiple scales (and sectors/disciplines) »Genes, stand/production system, landscape, ecoregion »Farm, household, municipal, national, global –Reconcile production and conservation in managed and wild ecosystems, maintaining or enhancing their capacity to provide services: sustainable agriculture, silvopastoral/AFS and SFM Use of economic instruments and market-based approaches to manage ecosystem services Contribute to policies to create an enabling environment for the implementation of sustainable land management practices
Sustainable rural solutions: CATIE’s contribution We face increasingly complex international challenges under highly uncertain conditions. These require adaptive systems solutions. Rural areas are strategic for the provision of eco-system services and human well-being (rural and urban) Social and ecological condition of these territories is key for local and worldwide social development Sustainable management of agriculture and of natural resources is crucial for sustainable livelihoods and rural territories
Sustainable livelihoods, landscapes and ecosystems through system approaches 6.Collective action through local governance and comanagement 1.Agroforestry systems 2.Restoring degraded pasturelands 3.Inclusive value chains 4.Economic and market- based instruments 5.Locally led biological corridors
Graduate Programs and Training 3 PhD Programs: including two joint degrees (U of Idaho, U of Wales-Bangor) 5 MSc programs (blend between natural and social sciences) MIAM: Master of International Agribusiness Management (with INCAE Business School) MIST: Master of International Sustainable Tourism (with UNT) MDP: Master’s in Development Practice Diploma in Rural Enterprise Development (with CIAT) Rural Leadership (with UCB and IICA) Strategic training courses: >20/year Tailor-made training (projects; per request)
Graduate School -- Partners First Graduate school in agriculture and natural resources in Latin America (1946) Graduates from more than 40 countries – emphasis on Central and South America Master’s Program: 8 options -- 2000+ graduates Doctoral Programs (1996- 2010) 34 graduates Much cooperation with U.S. institutions
Joint Doctoral Program with UI Opportunity to carry out research in the tropics with experienced professors Strong international orientation Combination: Scientific rigor and knowledge application English – official language
Joint Doctoral Program with UI In 2008, The Tropics Foundation created a $100,000 scholarship fund for Latin American students to participate in the joint CATIE-UI doctoral program. The UI will contribute $100,000 as matching funds for this endeavor. The Integrated Graduate Education and Research Traineeship Program (IGERT-NSF) with UI To date, CATIE has secured two NSF-funded IGERT programs, with total funding of approximately $6 million (2002-2014).