Tehuacán-Cuicatlán biosphere reserve, Mexico © L. Andronov, Adobe Stock

Mexico, central America and the Andean countries

In the countries of Latin America, CIRAD has a range of activities in cooperation and longstanding expertise, and is currently re-centring its operations around shared regional priorities. It had around 20 staff members in the region in 2020, and its work fits into the main lines of public action, while many opportunities for cooperation are currently taking shape on both a national and international level.

Main research fields

Agroforestry and coffee in Latin America © J-C. Breitler, CIRAD

Agroforestry and coffee in Latin America © J-C. Breitler, CIRAD

In Mexico and Central America

  • Stepping up work on ecologically intensive farming (agroforestry, cropping systems and agrifood systems, family farming, quality).
  • Developing integrated pest and disease control (IPM).
  • Supporting agricultural change, by means of methods and tools that smallholders can use (management, negotiating, farmer-led trials, participatory breeding, etc.).
  • Stepping up coffee and cocoa germplasm conservation and management in in situ collections.

CIRAD works with national and regional bodies – Center for Tropical Agricultural Research and Education (CATIE, Costa Rica), Instituto Interamericano de Cooperacion para la Agricultura (IICA, Costa Rica), Promecafé (Programa Cooperativo Regional para el Desarrollo Tecnológico y Modernización de la Caficultura, Guatemala) – international organizations and the private sector.

In the countries of the Andean zone

  • Contributing to scientific excellence, the production of global public goods, and the generation of knowledge that can rapidly be rolled out to small- and medium-sized farms.
  • Supporting research on tropical crops such as cocoa, coffee, rubber, sugarcane, oil palm, etc.
  • Improving product (notably fruit) quality, by developing new varieties, methods and processing systems.
  • Fighting deforestation: land use planning, support for sustainable value chains.
  • Encouraging practices that preserve soil fertility and maintain soil organic carbon, agroforestry.
  • Analysing how public public policy is built and its socioeconomic and environmental impact.

CIRAD works with national and international bodies: International Center for Tropical Agriculturee (CIAT, Colombia), Bioversity International, World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF, Kenya) and the private sector.

Emblematic projects and platforms in partnership for research and training

The dots show the countries in which CIRAD and its partners work. They do not show specific sites.

Key figures

  • 19 expatriate researchers
  • 2 platforms in partnership

Platforms in partnership

Teaching and training

Our researchers supervise many PhD, diploma or vocational students, and are also involved in organizing higher education courses, particularly at CATIE in Costa Rica, the National University of Colombia (UNAL), and the University of the Andes (Colombia).

See also: Teaching and training

Scientific publications

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Agroforestry and coffee in Latin America © J-C. Breitler, CIRAD


CIRAD Regional Office for the Andean Zone and Central America -
Philippe Vaast

Parque Central Bavaria
Oficina 237-239
Tél. : +57 314 2362437
Whatsapp : +33 6 78 21 63 35