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Celebrations in Central America

Managua, Nicaragua. 28 September 2017

Throughout 2017, we will be celebrating CIAT’s 50th Anniversary and bring together our partners, donors, and people behind CIAT’s achievements, while reflecting on the future of food and agriculture.

Following regional celebrations in Hanoi, Vietnam on 3-4 April 2017 and Nairobi, Kenya on 29 May, CIAT is pleased to announce the upcoming celebrations in Managua, Nicaragua on 28 September 2017.

Program

8:00 REGISTRATION AND TECHNOLOGY FAIR
8:30

Welcome

  • Edward Francisco Centeno, Minister, Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock (MAG), Nicaragua
  • Telémaco Talavera, Chair, National Council of Universities; Rector, National Agrarian University; and Minister-Counselor to the Presidency of the Republic, Nicaragua
  •  Jennifer Wiegel, Regional Coordinator for Central America, CIAT
9:00

Meet CIAT scientists and their work in Central America

  • Wendy Godek, Gender Equity
  • Pablo Siles, Soil Restoration
  • Fredy Monserrate, Ecosystem Services
  • Rein van der Hoek, Tropical Forages
9:30

CIAT and Central America: what we have achieved and where we are heading

Ruben Echeverría, Director General, CIAT

10:00 BREAK AND VISIT TO TECHNOLOGY FAIR
10:30

Contribution of agricultural research to the region’s development

Moderator: Juan Diego Ruiz, Regional Representative, International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), Guatemala

Panelists:   

  • Ministry of Agriculture
  • Nicaraguan Institute of Agricultural Technology (INTA)
  • Nicaraguan Rice Growers Association (ANAR)
  • Armando Bustillo, President, Regional Fund for Agricultural Technology  (FONTAGRO)
12:00 LUNCH
13:30

Food security, climate change and regional integration

Regional climate-smart strategy

Luis Felipe Arauz, Minister, Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock (MAG), Costa Rica

Moderator: Ana María Loboguerrero, Leader, Regional Program for Latin America, CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS)

Panelists:  

  • Eduardo Enrique Carles, Minister, Ministry of Agricultural Development     (MIDA), Panama
  • Donor perspective
  • Michael Healy, President, Nicaraguan Union of Agricultural Producers (UPANIC)
15:00

Fast-tracking change in Central America’s agricultural sector: new approaches to research and innovation

Moderator: Víctor Villalobos, Director General, Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA)

Panelists: 

  • Muhammad Ibrahim, Director General, Tropical Agricultural Research and Higher Education Center (CATIE)
  • Eugenio Díaz-Bonilla, Representative for Latin America, International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) 
  • Andy Jarvis, Director, Research Area in Decision and Policy Analysis, CIAT
16:00 Closing remarks: Ruben Echeverría, Director General, CIAT
16:15 COCKTAIL AND TECHNOLOGY FAIR

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For more information: CIAT50-centroamerica@cgiar.org

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