CATIE in the region

New alliances… new proposals: challenges, achievements, and opportunities


In 2020, CATIE, its member countries, and the rest of humanity faced health and climatic emergencies that have affected the achievement of some of the proposed goals, as the countries have been forced to modify – at least in the short and medium-term – the priorities and ways of working of institutions, producers, rural families, and even consumers. The crisis generated by the COVID-19 pandemic began to manifest itself, in the region, in March 2020, and in the following months, the problem escalated, until it seriously compromised the economy of families and countries.


In the case of the Central American countries, the problem was exacerbated at the end of the year with the appearance of hurricanes Eta and Iota, with strong consequences of destruction in the productive and communication infrastructure. Coordinated action between the National Offices, the Directorate for External Projection, and Global Alliances were essential to monitor the impacts of these emergencies on CATIE’s actions in the countries. Also, to seek mechanisms to continue operating and, thus, to respond to existing commitments with countries and donors. In addition, these challenges made it possible to analyze how to generate new opportunities for post-pandemic recovery and increase resilience capacity in the face of future events.


In the early stages of the pandemic, the efforts of governments and donors were focused on the development of mechanisms and options to control the spread of the virus and the treatment of patients, which affected in many cases the production and natural resource management processes. These are CATIE’s thematic areas of strength. This led to the postponement and even cancellation of contests for proposals where CATIE was participating or was going to partake. Likewise, the possibility of face-to-face interaction with national partners affected, in the first stage, our actions in the countries. However, after adjusting to the new reality, it has been possible to exceed the goals proposed for the number of projects and strategic alliances that CATIE had proposed.


Despite the crisis caused by the pandemic, fundraising goals were exceeded, reaching a total of USD 15.7 million in approved proposals. This was achieved thanks to good coordination and permanent communication with CATIE’s technical units and National Offices in the member countries, who played a key role in the success of these initiatives.


Moreover, the Office of Global Alliances contributed to reposition and strengthen CATIE’s presence in South America. In 2020, five successful proposals for an amount of USD 3 million were managed in Colombia, Peru, Ecuador, and Bolivia. Furthermore, alliances were consolidated with some strategic partners such as UNDP in the Amazon (Ecuador and Peru), Guatemala, Haiti, the Dominican Republic, and Panama.


CATIE’s actions in the countries did not stop as a consequence of the pandemic, instead they were adjusted to the new reality. Perhaps the most important change was the greater use of digital media and a detailed review of CATIE’s actions in each of the countries, through a series of virtual seminars that allowed to learn about the successful experiences and the limitations that the countries faced.


The National Offices provided administrative and technical support to regional or binational projects and facilitated their operation. This action was necessary due to the impossibility of the headquarters technicians to visit the countries, given the international travel restrictions associated with the COVID-19 pandemic. Therefore, they facilitated and participated in the development of new project proposals to be developed in the countries. An example of the latter is the case of the PROAMAZONIA projects in Ecuador, and Sustainable Amazon Landscapes in Peru, both with UNDP. These are now part of the agenda of the Livestock and Environmental Management Group (GAMMA, by its acronym in Spanish). Nevertheless, the Representatives of CATIE, in Ecuador and Peru, collaborated in the design of these projects and participated actively in facilitating contacts with the UNDP officials responsible for the project, as well as in identifying and contacting the national partner institutions in those projects. Both cases illustrate the catalytic role of the National Offices in the identification of partners and new opportunities for CATIE action in the countries, but also contribute to the analysis of the institutional context in which the projects will operate.


Additionally, the National Offices successfully conducted national projects such as the National Information Platform on Nutrition (PiNN, by its acronym in Spanish) in Guatemala, the Adaptation of Agriculture to Climate Change through Water Harvesting in Nicaragua, the Climate Vulnerability Diagnosis and Climate Change Adaptation Plan for the Santa María River Basin in Panama, the Sustainable Management of Forests in the Andean Region in Colombia, the Development of an Integrated and Comprehensive Agroforestry Policy Framework in Belize, the Technological-Financial Alternatives for the Renovation, Rehabilitation, and Promotion of Coffee Plantations in the Dominican Republic, among many others. The National Offices were also key actors in obtaining scholarships for postgraduate studies at CATIE, provided by the governments in the case of Colombia, Honduras, and the Dominican Republic. The most relevant actions in each country are detailed below.


CATIE, in this member country, developed several projects during 2020. Among them, we can mention the Development of an Integrated and Comprehensive Agroforestry Policy Framework for Belize, executed in conjunction with the Office of Climate Change of the Ministry of Sustainable Development, Climate Change, and Disaster Risk Management of Belize, along with funds from the Office of Climate Change and the Center for Climate Technology (CTCN, by its acronym in Spanish). This project seeks to promote agroforestry, silvopastoral, and agrosilvopastoral systems, which should contribute to increasing the well-being and income of the rural Belizean population. In this context, the policy seeks not only to contribute to achieving food security but also to meeting national and international goals for the conservation of natural resources. It was formulated and validated through a broad participatory and inclusive process, which took about a year and a half, with consultation workshops with the different actors, both from public institutions, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), academia, and producers. An important aspect of this effort was to incorporate the perspective of the stakeholders involved to ensure the effective participation of rural women in agroforestry policy, which constitutes a milestone for Belize and the Central American region in general.


Other projects that were supported were the Resilient Rural Belize, under the Ministry of Economy and Petroleum; the Improving Livestock Productivity and Climate Resilience in Belize, conducted with the Association of Livestock Producers of Belize (BLPA, by its acronym in Spanish) with financing from the Innovation Laboratory of the Inter-American Development Bank; the project Value Chain Market Assessment for Each Priority Area identified in the Resilient Rural Belize Program (RRB); and the Climate Vulnerability Assessment for eEach Priority Area identified in the Resilient Rural Belize (RRB) Programme, both with IFAD financing.


While the process to formalize CATIE’s National Office in Bolivia is being reactivated, in 2020, the project “Evaluation of the interaction of varieties due to pruning in coffee cultivation” was continued. It is developed by the Unit for Genetic and Agroforestry Improvement of Coffee and Cacao of CATIE, in collaboration with the National Institute for Agricultural and Forestry Research (INAF, by its acronym in Spanish). This is part of a study conducted in eight countries with funding from KOLFACI, which seeks to develop innovative technologies that combine promising and traditional coffee varieties subjected to different types of pruning, and to determine the most appropriate fertilization doses for each combination, based on a projection of the balance of nutrients, costs, and income. In addition, this project is the basis for actions to strengthen the capacities of researchers and students in the participating countries.


Also, a course was developed for the Certification for the Training of Azero and Guadalquivir Watershed Managers, which was developed in coordination with the Gabriel René Moreno Autonomous University (UAGRM, by its acronym in Spanish), in conjunction with the Vice Ministry of Water Resources and Irrigation (VRHR, by its acronym in Spanish), dependent on the Ministry of Environment and Water (MMAyA, by its acronym in Spanish) and the support of GIZ. In this course, developed in virtual format for six months, 16 women and 24 men, among which there were municipal technicians, representatives of different universities, leaders, and authorities of the municipalities of the Azero and Guadalquivir watersheds, who were selected for their leadership and active work, favoring the management of watersheds and the management of their natural resources.


CATIE’s Office in Colombia actively participated in the preparation of various proposals with local and international partners. These include: Promoting sustainable livestock production with a comprehensive territorial management approach for the protection of Amazon and its populations, submitted for funding from the Norway International Climate and Forest Initiative (NICFI); USAID’s appeal titled Amazon Forest and Biodiversity Activity; the “Support Program for the implementation of the National Climate Change Strategy (NDC) in agricultural value chains in Colombia” and the “Support Program for Colombia in the implementation of its NDCs – Strengthening MRV and M&E systems”, both with financing from GIZ; the project “Formulation and implementation of a strategy to support the sustainable transformation of low-carbon livestock agroecosystems in prioritized landscapes of the Orinoquia” with funds from the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development; and the proposal “Design of a Roadmap for the Development of a Green Growth Plan for the Department of Huila”, submitted to the Sustainable Trade Initiative (IDH, by its acronym in Spanish).


Likewise, CATIE, in Colombia, partnered with the Sustainable Livestock Table of Colombia, FAO-Colombia, CIAT, and the National University of Colombia/Medellín campus to organize the Sustainable Livestock Discussion, which consisted of four modules: 1) greenhouse gases, 2) biodiversity, 3) markets, and 4) consumption and agricultural extension. CATIE was responsible for organizing the second module entitled “Biodiversity, landscapes, and ecosystem services”, in which CATIE researchers participated as speakers. The panels had a participation of more than 1800 people from 21 countries.


The CATIE Office in Ecuador made efforts to consolidate agreements with government institutions, such as the Ministries of Agriculture and Livestock and the Ministry of Environment and Water; the IKIAM Amazon Regional University and the Secretary of the Environment of the Metropolitan District of Quito. The latter is interested in learning about CATIE’s experience in the payment system for environmental services and its potential application in livestock systems. Also, it requested CATIE, in coordination with the Embassy of Costa Rica in Ecuador, to facilitate meetings with the government to analyze the country’s Decarbonization Plan. Subsequently, the municipal authorities will share their experiences with the establishment of the urban trains (subway) that are of interest to Costa Rica.


At the end of November 2020, after several phases, partly delayed by the COVID emergency, the Agreement was signed between the Responsible Parties of the Comprehensive Amazon Program for Forest Conservation and Sustainable Production PROAmazonía and CATIE. In this case, CATIE will be responsible for the design and implementation of a Training Program and the technical assistance for the sustainable production of livestock in the provinces of the Special Amazon Territorial Circumscription (CTEA, by its acronym in Spanish). These actions will be coordinated by CATIE’s Livestock and Environmental Management Unit (GAMMA, by its acronym in Spanish) in collaboration with CATIE’s office in the country.

El Salvador

In 2020, the Office in El Salvador has provided support to regional projects operating in the country, such as the Central American Program for the Comprehensive Management of Coffee Rust (PROCAGICA, by its acronym in Spanish) with IICA and CIRAD, the Adapted Agroforestry Systems Project for the Central American Dry Corridor (AGRO-INNOVA, by its acronym in Spanish) with IICA and the EU, and the Project Development of Sustainable Forest Models for Secondary Forests in Central America, with links to Private Financing with IKI funds.


CATIE’s Office in Guatemala conducts three projects at a national level. a. “National Information Platform on Nutrition (PiNN, by its acronym in Spanish)”, which operates in the municipality of Momostenango as a pilot site. It works in coordination with SESAN and with financial support from the European Union, whose purpose is to develop management processes of information and multisectoral knowledge for the prevention of malnutrition, and improving food and nutrition security, serving as a model for actions at a national level. b. “Territorial Co-management for the Conservation and Sustainable Management of the Volcanic Complex Acatenango-Fuego, Cerro Sanay, and Montaña El Socó”, in collaboration with the Fund for the Conservation of Tropical Forests (FCA, by its acronym in Spanish) and the participation of various government institutions (CONAP, INAB, INGUAT, and the Municipalities of Acatenango and San Andrés Itzapa). This project strengthens and promotes local and municipal alliances for the conservation and sustainable management of forests, soils, and water in the forest landscape, as well as the development of community and nature tourism in the territory. And, c. “Sustainable Economic Development and Territorial Governance Project in the Sarstun River Adjacency Zone”, with the Foundation for Ecodevelopment and Conservation (FUNDAECO, by its acronym in Spanish), which aims to strengthen the capacities of partner institutions to implement rural extension processes in agroforestry systems with cacao, cardamom, pepper, and other crops, as well as silvopastoral systems. These systems contribute to the sustainable management of natural resources, the generation of economic benefits for communities, and the construction of processes for social participation, to reduce conflicts in the Sarstun River Adjacency Zone, located between Guatemala and Belize.


In addition, it supported the development of various projects that operate at a regional level, in which CATIE participates, such as the Central American Program for the Comprehensive Management of Coffee Rust (PROCAGICA, by its acronym in Spanish), the Adapted Agroforestry Systems for the Central American Dry Corridor (AGROINNOVA, by its acronym in Spanish) project; both in collaboration with IICA. It also supported the Ibero-American Model Forest Network (RLABM, by its acronym in Spanish) with FAO, CIFOR, and CUSO as strategic partners. CATIE was key in the implementation of the Scaling of Ecosystem-Based Adaptation Measures (EbA) project in rural Latin America, the project Development of Sustainable Forestry Models for Secondary Forests in Central America with links to private financing (IKI), the Promotion of the Management of the Trinational Ecosystem of the Mayan Forest Mexico-Belize-Guatemala initiative, had the collaboration of the institutions responsible for the management of natural resources and protected areas in the three countries that operate with IDB funds/regional public goods. Furthermore, CATIE, in Guatemala, was selected to administer the project Strengthening and Scaling up Biosafety Capacities for the Full Implementation of the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety, which was executed by CONAP with UNEP funds. Also, it administers the project Strengthening the Transparency Framework through the Creation of National Capacities to Implement the Paris Agreement in Guatemala (CBIT, by its acronym in Spanish), which is managed by the Ministry of the Environment, with the financial support of UNDP.


On the other hand, it was a facilitator of the organization and development of webinars with the Low Emissions Livestock Group, where the ministries of Agriculture and Livestock, and the Environment, universities, and the private livestock sector, among others, participated.


The purpose of this project is to contribute to the conservation and restoration of forest landscapes in the Central Volcanic Chain, emphasizing the goods and services of the ecosystems that improve the livelihoods of its inhabitants. Therefore, in 2020, efforts were developed to strengthen the local institutional capacities aimed at the conservation, sustainable management, and restoration of the forest landscape and the development of a knowledge management process with the participation of municipal officials, institutions, community leaders, local organizations, forest rangers, and families. All this with the participation of institutions of national responsibility, such as CONAP, INAB, and INGUAT, but also the municipalities of the districts of Acatenango and San Andrés Itzapa. In addition, a biological monitoring system based on camera traps and acoustic monitoring was implemented in areas of high importance for biological conservation, and more than 200 ha of natural forests were incorporated for conservation, with forest incentives. Likewise, Farmer Field Schools (ECA, by its acronym in Spanish) were established on issues of soil conservation and the use of agroforestry systems.


The Republic of Haiti has gone through a period of strong political instability in 2020, which did not allow the development of fieldwork with the required intensity. However, there was a strong interaction with the Ministries of Agriculture and Environment for the elaboration of proposals on the topics of interest of each ministry. Also, work was carried out on the development of the Kafe Makaya project, under the leadership of OXFAM/Quebec, and in collaboration with the Fondation Nouvelle Grand´Anse. This project aims to strengthen the coffee sector and improve the income of 2600 producer families in southern Haiti, through the application of agroecological and organic production approaches using agroforestry systems.


CATIE, in Honduras, dedicated efforts to consolidate and update existing agreements, such as the one signed with the Secretary of Agriculture and Livestock (SAG, by its acronym in Spanish), as well as new agreements with the National University of Agriculture of Catacamas (UNAG, by its acronym in Spanish) for the training of its human capital at the of masters and doctorates. Likewise, agreements with the Presidential Commissioner for Climate Change on the issue of decarbonization, with the Presidential Watershed Commission to present proposals for the comprehensive management of the post-hurricane IOTA and ETA watersheds, and a strategic alliance with INNOVATERRA to address-land use planning in urban areas.


The Office facilitated CATIE’s contract, with the NGO Help in Action, for the Sustainable Livestock project in the region of the Gulf of Fonseca (DEIT, by its acronym in Spanish), which has technical support from CATIE’s Livestock and Environmental Management Unit (GAMMA, by its acronym in Spanish). It also developed studies on the competitiveness of the chain and the investment climate for the livestock sector. In addition, it worked on the establishment of model farms, which will be used for the training of producers, as well as for the development of environmental and climatic indicators, and a protocol for the registration of information on the farms. Moreover, CATIE, in Honduras, supported other institutional projects that operated in the country, such as the project Taking Advantage of the Potential of Trees on Farms for Biodiversity (IKI TonF) with ICRAF, the initiative Transforming the Honduran Livestock Sector into a Low-carbon Economy (NAMA-Livestock) with the participation of SAG-DICTA, MiAMBIENTE, UNAH, and others. Also, the project Digitizing the Cacao Value Chain in Honduras: Innovative Technologies to Increase the Value, Profitability, and Resilience of Cacao Producers in Olancho (Chocolate4All), in consortium with Heifer International and UNAH, and with the financial support of the IDB; and the Conservation of Migratory Birds in Olancho project with the American Bird Conservancy Association. Additionally, in 2020, regional projects were supported from Honduras, such as the Ibero-American Model Forest Network (RLABM, by its acronym in Spanish), the project Scaling Up Ecosystem-Based Adaptation Measures in Rural Latin America, and the Sentinel Landscape Network of the CGIAR Program on Forests, Trees, and Agroforestry (FTA) led by ICRAF.


A relevant fact in 2020 was the procurement of financing for five master’s students with the Presidential Scholarship Program 2020, and others with the Agroforestry Scholarship Program of the Presidency of the Republic for the Forest Conservation Institute (ICF, by its acronym in Spanish).


In 2020, CATIE, in Nicaragua, was part of several regional projects operating in the country, such as the Central American Program for the Comprehensive Management of Coffee Rust (PROCAGICA, by its acronym in Spanish), the project Agroforestry Systems adapted for the Central American Dry Corridor (AGROINNOVA, by its acronym in Spanish), both in collaboration with IICA; the CGIAR Program on Forests, Trees, and Agroforestry (FTA, by its acronym in Spanish), and the initiative Development of Sustainable Forestry Models for Secondary Forests in Central America, with links to private financing with IKI funds.


Other strategic actions include the Study on the Adaptive Capacity of Agricultural Landscapes in 10 Municipalities of the Country, with the collaboration of the Ministry of Family, Community, Cooperative, and Associative Economy (MEFCCA, by its acronym in Spanish), and the project Adapting Agriculture to Climate Change Through Water Harvesting, with financial support from SDC. In support of the latter, CATIE and IICA established an alliance to promote agribusiness and the design of municipal public standards related to water harvesting, to contribute to making the productive and economic development of small producer families living in the territory more sustainable and diversified. In addition, the response to a request from the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry (MAGFOR, by its acronym in Spanish) was coordinated for the training of 20 professionals from the National System of Production, Consumption, and Trade in Artificial Insemination Techniques, who in turn will train and accompany technicians and leading producers in the application of these animal biotechnology tools.


The Nicaragua-Honduras sentinel landscape is part of the Mesoamerican Biological Corridor, and it is part of a network of seven sentinel landscapes in different regions of the world (Africa, India, Asia), which present marked differences in culture, ecology, natural resources, and land use. Especially, tree coverage as a result of deforestation processes, and in some cases, reforestation, often linked to national and regional development policies and social processes such as migration. In 2020, the project developed 39 publications conducted in Nicaragua, which analyzed the drivers of change in land use and governance. Some of these publications are master’s research theses from CATIE’s Graduate School.


In 2020, the following projects were executed at a national level with the financial support of the Adaptation Fund, and administered by the World Bank: Detailed Diagnosis of Climate Vulnerability and Proposal of an Adaptation Plan to Climate Change for the Santa María River Watershed, and Establishment of Riverside Reforestation and Agroforestry Projects with Coffee Systems and Soil Conservation in the Caisán River Sub-Watershed (Renacimiento, Chiriquí province). Likewise, through the PROCUENCAS initiative, the technical capacities of professionals and strategic partners of the Ministry of the Environment were strengthened with financial support from CAF.


Additionally, it supported, together with FAO and IICA, the review of the National Climate Change Plan for the agricultural sector, prepared by MIDA and MiAmbiente, as well as the elaboration of the National Strategic Plan of the Agricultural Sector. Also, CATIE, in Panama, together with the Livestock and Environmental Management Unit (GAMMA, by its acronym in Spanish), is acting as a catalyst in the development of the NAMA Strategy for the livestock sector, to turn it into a green, recovered, and low-carbon economy. These actions are coordinated with the Ministries of the Environment (MiAmbiente, by its acronym in Spanish) and of Agricultural Development (MIDA, by its acronym in Spanish), along with private sector institutions such as ANAGAN.


On the other hand, on the issue of integral management of hydrographic watersheds, CATIE, in Panama, prepared a study on climate vulnerability and a plan for the adaptation to climate change for the Santa María River watershed. This study was implemented by the NATURA Foundation and the Ministry of the Environment, with funding from the Adaptation Fund. It collects basic, biophysical, and socioeconomic information for planning actions in one of the largest and most populated watersheds in Panama. The Santa María River watershed presents situations of poverty in its upper part, and strong pressures for agricultural activities along it. The study, which was carried out in a participatory manner, made it possible to detail the environmental situation and generate a complete geodatabase but, in addition, it expanded its contribution with a vulnerability study on variation and climate change, as well as a proposal for adaptation measures.


CATIE’s Office in Peru concentrated its efforts on two projects of importance to the country, which were assigned to CATIE. One was to support the CARAL 2020 contest, aimed at the selection and promotion of impact innovations for the improvement of family agriculture, which was organized by the National Program for Agrarian Innovation (PNIA, by its acronym in Spanish) of Peru. In this contest, three CATIE officials participated, one in the organization and coordination of the entire process, and two as members of the evaluation committee. The contest was designed to promote agricultural innovation by documenting, disseminating, and awarding successful cases of technological, institutional, and organizational innovations, to make visible and recognize the agricultural research and innovation efforts developed in the country by different actors, such as academia, NGOs, private companies, and organized groups of producers. It also sought to facilitate the application of the results achieved through partnerships, knowledge management, and training. A total of 169 cases were received, and 20 of them were awarded in topics such as agrobiodiversity, resilience to climate change, food and nutrition security, and the valuation of local genetic resources for the agricultural sector. The winning cases directly impacted 50 650 families, and indirectly, another 200 778. The contest made it possible to demonstrate that investment in research for development is profitable, but requires a period of growth; also, associativity, strategic alliances, and the value chain approach are essential for success.


The other project was the achievement of the component “Strengthening Capacities for the Sustainable Intensification of Livestock in the Ucayali And Huánuco Regions”, which is part of the Sustainable Productive Landscapes in the Peruvian Amazon project, administered by UNDP, with resources from the Global Environment Fund (GEF). The technical actions of this initiative are in charge of CATIE’s GAMMA unit.


On the other hand, another area of action was to facilitate activities for the development of capacities of leading professionals and farmers in various areas, in which CATIE has recognized strength. For example, agroforestry systems of coffee and cacao, natural resource management, and sustainable livestock. These activities ranged from theoretical-practical training events at CATIE headquarters, lasting from two weeks to five months, in which there were a total of 101 participants. On the other hand, two virtual courses were offered, one on governance and management of biodiversity in forests (SEFOR-GIZ) with 40 participants, and the other one was the 32nd International Course on Forest Management (FAO-EU-FLEG) with 12 participants.

Dominican Republic

CATIE, in the Dominican Republic, worked actively in the search for new projects to position CATIE in the country, emphasizing actions related to capacity building through short-term and postgraduate events. Under the coordination of the Higher Institute of Agriculture (ISA, by its acronym in Spanish) and the Autonomous University of Santo Domingo, 60 professionals were trained in integrated pest management and on competitive sustainable livestock with low carbon emissions. These were coordinated with the Directorate of Change Climate of the Ministry of the Environment and CEDAF, and more than 50 professionals from different Dominican institutions were trained.


About 27 Dominicans (seven women and 19 men) were part of CATIE’s master’s program, with scholarships from the Ministry of Agriculture and the Ministry of Higher Education, Science, and Technology (MESCYT, by its acronym in Spanish). Sixteen of them graduated in 2020, and the remaining 10 completed courses and traveled to their country to develop their thesis work. The country has recognized the importance of investing in the education of its graduates in CATIE’s Postgraduate Program, for this reason, a new agreement was worked out between MESCYT and CATIE. The agreement constitutes an opportunity for quality training and personal and professional growth for up to 30 young Dominicans, who will join in the next two years. Additionally, the agreement considers CATIE’s support in the formulation of joint master’s degrees with Dominican universities, prioritizing the areas of sustainable agribusiness, watershed and water resources management, and sustainable low-emission livestock farming.


In addition, agreements were established with private universities, such as the National Evangelical University (UNEV, by its acronym in Spanish) and the Technological Catholic University of Cibao (UCATECI, by its acronym in Spanish). With the latter, the formalization of a joint master’s degree in sustainable agribusiness is being completed.


Regarding research, several initiatives have been developed. Among them, there are Technological-Financial Alternatives for the Renovation, Rehabilitation, and Promotion of Coffee Plantations, and Training in the Design and Agroforestry Management of Coffee Plantations to Increase Yield and Ecosystem Services, both in collaboration with the Dominican Coffee Institute (INDOCAFE, by its acronym in Spanish). The projects Evaluation of the Behavior of Eight Cocoa Clones Developed in the Experimental Cocoa Farm in Mata Larga, in collaboration with the National Cocoa Commission; Measurement of Biomass and CO2 in Non-forested Plantations in the Dominican Republic; and Use of Geographic Information Systems to Monitor Agroforestry Systems and their Contribution to Reducing GHG Emissions were developed in coordination with the Climate Change Directorate of the Ministry of the Environment.