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CATIE and IICA to develop agricultural research and extension activities in the Central American Dry Corridor
- Institutions signed an agreement within the framework of the AGRO-INNOVA project, which is financed by the European Union
Within the framework of the project Adapted Agroforestry Systems for the Central American Dry Corridor (AGRO-INNOVA), CATIE (Tropical Agricultural Research and Higher Education Center) and the Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA) signed a cooperation agreement to develop agricultural research and extension activities that contribute to the resilience of small-scale producers to climate change and food security.
According to Muhammad Ibrahim, CATIE's director general, the joint work between the two institutions aims to generate innovative strategies to strengthen and diversify agricultural production through agro-forestry systems that contribute to improving water security, water flow and guarantee the basic foodstuffs consumed in the region before climate projections show that droughts will become more frequent and prolonged in 2020.
Ibrahim also indicated that this agreement is expected to strengthen the capacities of 3,000 small producers in the most vulnerable areas and to benefit 80% of the organizations by having community seed banks operating for the production of bio-inputs and selecting technologies related to rainwater harvesting and efficient irrigation systems.
Manuel Otero, director general of IICA, (right), with Muhammad Ibrahim,
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