Main building at CATIE
CATIE is a regional center of excellence, working to help rural communities in Latin America and the Caribbean achieve higher levels of sustainable development through integrated management of agricultural and natural resources. By a combination of cutting-edge scientific research, education and technical cooperation, CATIE works hand-in-hand with families, local organizations, national governments and international partners to influence decision-making and to encourage sustainable development. The aim is to maintain a balance between increased productivity of food and export crops. Ensuring the sustainability of production systems while promoting a fair distribution of the benefits is also key.
Crop research at CATIE
CATIE’s aims fit very well with Raleigh’s mission of helping young people to learn how to build sustainable communities and conserve the environment. Food security is a vital issue to communities such as our Nicaraguan projects in San Ramon, Siares and Arenilla all located in Nicaragua and Conte Burika in Costa Rica.
More than 100 CATIE research and sustainable development initiatives are taking place in 17 countries in Latin America and the Caribbean, including work on the roya disease crippling coffee production that we blogged about on 31 January. CATIE estimates that over the last decade, at least 100,000 people have directly benefitted from its projects. 75% of those projects are directed toward low-income families and grass-roots level organizations, including women’s
groups and indigenous populations.
CATIE also hosts an improtant tropical botanical garden