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  • CIRAD-CATIE-PCP: The scientific collaboration platform “Agroforestry Systems with Perennial Crops” (PCP) is formed by CIRAD, CATIE, CABI, BIOVERSITY, INCAE, PROMECAFE and ICRAF. Thanks to the CATIE-CIRAD agreement we have 10 French scientists working in Costa Rica. Agroforestry with coffee is one of the specialties and strengths of CATIE and CIRAD.
  • CIRAD-CATIE-Coffee Flux: go to the website
  • CIRAD-CATIE-MACACC Project: Agroforestry Modeling for Support to Actores for Adaptation to Global Changes, financed with French funds (ANR/Agrobiosphère) for a duration of 3 years. CATIE, with the participation of the Agroforestry Systems with Coffee and Global Change testing groups comprise the project team coordinated by CIRAD.
  • PROMECAFE Network: This network includes the coffee institutes of Central America (ANACAFE-Guatemala, IHCAFE-Honduras, PROCAFE- El Salvador, ICAFE-Costa Rica). CATIE has been developing various initiatives that consolidate the most appropriate regional spaces for addressing the emergency caused by coffee leaf rust. The work developed in recent decades has been done by PROMECAFE and in national actions with each coffee institute. In the case of Nicaragua, there has been frequent coordination with UNICAFE. In Nicaragua, CATIE has also developed different project initiatives with producer member organizations such as CAFENICA, CECOCAFEN, PRODECOOP, SOPPEXCCA and PROCOCER, as well as CONACAFE. In Honduras work is done with IHCAFE and CORECAFE. In Guatemala, in addition to ANACAFE it has coordinated with ADIPSA, Asociación Albores and Defensores de la Naturaleza. In Costa Rica, CATIE has an agreement with the Coffee Institute of Costa Rica (ICAFE), the Ministry of Agriculture/Institute of Agricultural Innovation and Technology Transfer (MAG-INTA), the National Forest Financing Fund (FONAFIFO), the Consortium of Coffee Cooperatives (COOCAFE) and the Fundación Café Forestal (FUNCAFOR). In addition, the institution is actively participating on the national committee that is implementing climate change adaptation and mitigation measures, in particular for the development of the National Program for Payments for Environmental Services for farms with agroforestry systems with coffee.
  • Climate change: Adaptation, mitigation and reduction of vulnerability to climate change: CATIE, in collaboration with various national and regional institutions, pioneered studies on the impacts of climate change for the coffee-growing sector. Climate change, intimately related to changes in rainfall and temperature patterns in coffee-growing areas, represents a highly relevant topic associated with the health of coffee plantations and with the productive potential of the different coffee-producing zones. CATIE has been making efforts from Mexico to South America for the design and implementation of studies and in particular the definition and execution of strategies for the coffee-growing sector for adaptation, mitigation and reduction of vulnerability to climate change. In Mexico, CATIE joined the inter-institutional group that developed the Coffee Sector Strategy for Adaptation, Mitigation and Reduction of Vulnerability to Climate Change in the Sierra Madre of Chiapas, coordinating the strategy drafting process in collaboration with Conservation International (CI), the Commission for the Development and Promotion of the Coffee of Chiapas (COMCAFE), CONAMP, UACH, CRUO, ECOSUR, FIECH, PNUD and SEMAHN. In Costa Rica, Nicaragua and Honduras, CATIE participates in the initiative led by CIRAD, in collaboration with CIAT, ICAFE, IHCAFE and UNA, for the study on Responses and Adaptation of Coffee to Climate Change in Central America-CAFADAPT-IDB-FONTAGRO. Another initiative underway is the CASCADE Project in Costa Rica, Honduras and Guatemala, where CATIE, in collaboration with CI and support from the German Ministry of Environment and Energy, aims to identify, test and disseminate strategies for adaptation based on ecosystem conservation.