Tropical Agriculture Research and Higher Education Center

Centre agronomique tropical de recherche et d'enseignement
Centro Agronómico Tropical de Investigación y Enseñanza (CATIE)

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12 Jan 1973, Turrialba (Costa Rica), as Tropical Agriculture Research and Training Center, by a contract between the then 'Inter-American Institute of Agricultural Sciences (IAIAS)', currently Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA), and the Government of Costa Rica, taking over the activities of IAIAS Training and Research Center which had operated at the same site since 17 Oct 1942. Activities commenced officially on 1 July 1973. Contract revised 1982 and ratified May 1983, when Inter-American Board of Agriculture (IABA) met as the Constituent Assembly of the Center.


Improve well-being by applying scientific research and higher education to development, conservation and sustainable use of natural resources; make a substantive, measurable impact on economic growth and social development in the American Tropics and on conservation of its natural resources and environment; develop educational and training activities at postgraduate level and specialization so as to qualify professionals to solve agrosilvopastural development problems of member countries and of Latin America and the Caribbean in general.

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Research/documentation; knowledge management/information dissemination; training/education.


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Relations with Inter-Governmental Organizations

Relations with 29 inter-governmental organizations.
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Relations with Non-Governmental Organizations

Relations with 24 non-governmental organizations.
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Members in 12 countries
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Subjects *

  • Climatology
    • Tropical Zones
  • Resources
    • Resources
  • Research, Standards
    • Research
  • Education
    • Secondary and Higher Education
  • Agriculture, Fisheries
    • Agriculture
    • Forestry
  • Environment
    • Environment
  • Development
    • Development
    • Sustainable Development
  • Conservation
    • Conservation

UN Sustainable Development Goals **

GOAL 2: Zero HungerGOAL 4: Quality EducationGOAL 7: Affordable and Clean EnergyGOAL 11: Sustainable Cities and CommunitiesGOAL 12: Responsible Consumption and ProductionGOAL 14: Life Below WaterGOAL 15: Life on Land



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