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CATIE and FUNDAECO develop rural extension Field Schools
- Through these ECAs, FUNDAECO's technical personnel acquire knowledge to implement rural extension processes in silvo-pastoral and agro-forestry systems with cocoa, cardamom, pepper and other crops.
March 24, 2021. On March 18, in Livingstone, Izabal, department of Guatemala, the first of a series of joint workshops developed by the Foundation for Eco development and Conservation (FUNDAECO, its Spanish acronym) and CATIE (Tropical Agricultural Research and Higher Education Center), focused on training processes of Field Schools (FFS)) that seek to strengthen the capacities of FUNDAECO officials to implement rural extension processes in silvo-pastoral systems and agro-forestry systems with cocoa, cardamom, pepper and other crops.
Thirty-four FUNDAECO employees (14 women and 20 men) participated in this workshop.
According to Carlos Moscoso, CATIE specialist, the workshop initiated a process of knowledge integration, which will allow FUNDAECO officials, such as coordinators and technical personnel, to make decisions and carry out rural extension in a systematic way, so that the real needs and limitations that producers currently have in their communities are identified and addressed.
Moscoso indicated that the workshop covers the process of organizing the producers in ECA, identifying and prioritizing the main production constraints and defining a correct and timely farm planning, which will allow the families to overcome the constraints and improve their productive activities.
For Otto Palencia, FUNDAECO's regional deputy director of Conservation and Management, this activity improves the technical capabilities of personnel and promotes the union between institutions. "I believe that the methodology of the field schools is fully applicable in the region to respond to and meet the needs of our community members in their crops, and also strengthens community organization and their ability to solve agricultural problems that they face and may arise in the future," said Palencia.
This workshop was carried out within the framework of the implementation of the Economic Development and Sustainable Territorial Governance in the Sarstún River Adjacency Zone in Guatemala project, which is executed by FUNDAECO and CATIE, with the financial support of the European Union. The objective of this project is to contribute to the reduction of conflicts in the Sarstun River Adjacency Zone, located between Guatemala and Belize, as a result of the sustainable management of natural resources, the generation of economic benefits for the communities and the construction of dialogue and social participation processes.
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