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CATIE signs agreement with the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries and the Ministry of Environment and Natural History of the state government of Chiapas

  • The objective is to strengthen alliances with the agricultural and environmental sector to promote sustainable livestock and collaborate on issues related to agriculture, forests and watersheds

September 3, 2019. In the state of Chiapas, Mexico, the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries (SAGyP, its Spanish acronym), the Ministry of the Environment and Natural History (SEMAHN, its Spanish acronym) and CATIE (Tropical Agricultural Research and Higher Education Center) signed a tripartite cooperation agreement on September 2.

The signing of this agreement will strengthen the collaborative work being carried out between SAGyP, SEMAHN and CATIE, within the framework of the project Biodiversity and Sustainable Agro-silvopastoral Livestock Landscapes, known as BioPaSOS, to promote sustainable livestock in the state of Chiapas. It will also facilitate collaboration on issues related to coffee, cocoa, sustainable forest management, integrated watershed management, among others.

The agreement was signed by Zaynia Andrea Gil, secretary of SAGyP, María del Rosario Bonifaz, secretary of SEMAHN, and Muhammad Ibrahim, director general of CATIE. In addition, special guests included Alfredo Zamarripa, SADER's south-southeast liaison; Alberto Orantes, in charge of SADER in Chiapas; Marco Antonio Besares, general director of university extension; as well as directors of SAGyP and the local coordinator of the BioPaSOS project in Chiapas.

The Secretary of the SAGyP commented that with the signing of this agreement it will be possible to strengthen the collaborative work that has been carried out and pointed out that one of the results of this collaboration is the silvopastoral systems course, the first edition of which is given to technicians from the SAGyP and the SEMAHN.

Bonifaz mentioned that collaborative work has also allowed the alignment of public policies, which has resulted in the promotion of more environmentally friendly production systems. However, now, with the participation of CATIE, it will be possible to strengthen cooperation on other issues that foster the development of sustainable territories.

On behalf of CATIE, Ibrahim recognized as a historical fact at the level of Latin America that there is a tripartite collaboration involving the secretary of agriculture and the environment. "Never before had it been possible to have these two secretaries in the same space and for them to promote the sustainable development of a territory," said the Center's Director General.

In addition, Ibrahim emphasized that after the signing of the agreement it will be possible to exchange vegetative materials of coffee and cocoa, strengthen the capacities of the technical staff of the secretariats, in conjunction with the Autonomous University of Chiapas (UNACH) and the Intercultural University of Chiapas (UNICH), and support both secretariats to strengthen public policies that promote sustainable development in production systems.

Finally, Zamarripa recognized CATIE as a great ally, mentioning that the Center has been working for many years in Chiapasy, and that through collaborative work, varieties of coffee and cocoa have been introduced into Chiapas territory with tolerance to various diseases.


Meeting during which the agreement between SAGyP, SEMAHN and CATIE was signed.  


More information:

José Antonio Jiménez
Local Coordinator
Biodiversity and Agro-silvopastoral Livestock Landscapes (BioPaSOS)
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Karla Salazar Leiva
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