National Co-Organizers

The Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA) is the specialized agency for agriculture of the Inter-American System that supports the efforts of Member States to achieve agricultural development and rural well-being.

The Institute provides cooperation services through close and permanent work with its 34 Member States, addressing their needs in a timely manner. Without a doubt, IICA’s most valuable asset is the close relationship it maintains with the beneficiaries of its work. IICA has broad experience in areas such as technology and innovation for agriculture, agricultural health, food safety and quality, international agricultural trade, family farming, rural development, natural resource management and the bioeconomy.

The Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock of Costa Rica has the mandate to promote the development of technical capacities and business management in productive systems and agricultural organizations, which boost the empowerment of families of small and medium producers pertaining to rural territories. As a result, Costa Rican agricultural activity must be characterized by competitiveness, equity and sustainability in social, economic and environmental terms.

The University of Costa Rica is an institution of higher education and culture, constitutionally autonomous and democratic, made up of a community of professors, students, administrative officials, dedicated to teaching, research, social action, study, meditation, artistic creation and the dissemination of knowledge.

The University of Costa Rica offers a wide range of degree programs to meet the demand for professionals in Costa Rican society and offers students academic, research and humanistic training in each of its different schools. The Institution offers undergraduate options (Diploma Programs and Specialization Certificates in Special Programs) and teaches more than a hundred-degree courses endorsed by the Academic Evaluation Center.