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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1973-01-12 Turrialba Costa Rica


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 E-XE1083 - 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 Jul 1973. Contract revised 1982 and ratified May 1983, when K-XK0442 - 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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'Inter-American Board of Agriculture (JIA)', comprising Ministers of Agriculture of all countries of the American continent, acts as General Assembly. Governing Council, consisting of member countries' Ministers of Agriculture and/or Natural Resources. Board of Directors, composed of 5 eminent scientists from the international community, 4 distinguished businessmen from member countries, one representative of IICA and one of IABA, both acting in their personal capacity; Director General acts as ex-officio Secretary. Directorate of Administration and Finances; Directorate of Strategic Planning. National Technical Offices in: Colombia; Costa Rica; Dominican Rep; El Salvador; Guatemala (Guatemala); Honduras; Mexico; Nicaragua; Panama; Venezuela.


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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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