C o l l a b o r a t i o n s

We currently collaborate with a wide range of institutions and individuals to further our goal of fostering interdisciplinary research and training to understand tropical environmental issues and develop solutions. Below we list some of the institutions with whom we exchange faculty and students, and collaborate on research projects. We are eager to expand this network.

Colegio de Postgraduados (CP), Campus Tabasco, Cardenas, Tabasco, Mexico
We have done collaborative work in the areas of agroecology and sustainable rural development, with a focus on traditional Mayan farming systems, the transition to modern farming systems, and the impacts of globalization on local agricultural economies.

Centro Agronómico Tropical de Investigación Enseñanza (CATIE)
The Tropical Agricultural Research and Higher Education Center (CATIE) is an internationally known regional center dedicated to research and graduate education in agriculture, agroforestry, and the management, conservation and sustainable use of natural resources. Its regular members include the Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA), Belize, Bolivia, Colombia, Costa Rica, the Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay and Venezuela. During summer 2002 we sponsored an agroecology short course in Costa Rica with CATIE. http://www.catie.ac.cr/

Duyure Adelante
Duyure Adelante is an NGO formed in response to the devastating effects of Hurricane Mitch, a class 5 hurricane that tore through Central America in late October, 1998. This group now provides project assistance to the citizens of Duyure, in the department of Choluteca, Honduras through various agriculture, education, and social works projects. http://www.duyure.org

Empresa Brasileira de Pesquisa Agropecuaria (EMBRAPA). Ministry of Agriculture, Center for Family Agriculture and Ecological Agriculture, Pelotas, Rio Grande do Sur, Brazil
This center specializes agroecology, sustainable agriculture, and community development for small farm communities and offers training programs and exchanges in which we have participated.

Kuna General Congress
Governing body of the Kuna people, Comarca of Kuna Yala, Panama. Collaborator in the Porroca Project.

http://www.compasite.org/Spanish/integrantes/panama.htm

Salvadoran Research Program On Environment And Development (PRISMA)
PRISMA is a center of reference, research and incidence on themes associated to development and environment in El Salvador. PRISMA works for the construction of consensus that lead to viable development that is environmentally sound and socially inclusive. Our work is based on a constant, broad, collaborative and transparent interaction with the principle actors in social and environmental development. Some of the current areas of research include: water management and access, payment for environmental services and local development.http://www.prisma.org.sv/




Red Mesoamericana de Recursos Bióticos
This is a new Latin-American network of nine universities in Mexico, plus another twelve universities and institutes from seven Central American Countries. Its objectives are: "To create a Central American Network of Biological Resources, affiliated with the existing Regional Network in Mexico, that through exchange of experiences, human and material resources, will increase the capacities of the participating resources to develop projects in the area of biological conservation. http://www.redmeso.net/RMjun02/redmeso.html (in Spanish)

Graduate Program in Anthropology and Cultural Ecology, Universidad Iberoamericana (UIA), Mexico City, Mexico
We are pursuing collaboration between our institutions for the development of projects, courses, and student exchange in the areas of agroecology, cultural ecology, impacts of globalization on rural agricultural communities, immigration issues, and sustainable agriculture. One UCSC graduate student spent four weeks in a field course at UIA during summer 2002. http://www.leon.uia.mx/

Colegio de Postgraduados (CP), Agroecology Graduate Degree Program. Main campus in Montecillos, Texcoco, Mexico State, Mexico
This school is the primary campus of the National Graduate Program in Agriculture for Mexico. We are in the process of developing an exchange agreement with their new Ph.D. program in agroecology. In summer 2002 one of our students spent two months working in laboratory and field projects to learn approaches and methodologies to the study of plant pathogen management in Mexican agroecosystems.

Universidad de Quintana Roo (UQROO), Programa de Manejo Integrado de Recursos Costeros, Chetumal, Quintana Roo, Mexico
We have a draft agreement of exchange and collaboration between UCSC and UQROO for the development of projects and student exchange (both graduate and undergraduate) in the areas of agroecology, sustainable agriculture, natural lands and reserve development and protection, and impacts of ecotourism. http://www.uqroo.mx/uqroo/uchetumal/uchetumal.htm

Universidad Autonoma del Yucatan, Program in Conservation and Management of Tropical Natural Resources (PROTROPICO), Merida, Yucatan, Mexico
This program has a Master’s in the broad area of natural resource management in the tropics, including agroecology, restoration, reserve design and management, and sustainable agriculture. They are interested in an exchange of undergraduate and graduate students, faculty exchange, and research collaboration. http://www.uady.mx/indexf.html

Universidad Autonoma de Chapingo (UACh), Huatusco Campus. Huatusco, Veracruz, Mexico
We have a draft agreement between our institutions for student exchange at both the undergraduate and graduate levels, as well as to carry out joint research projects in the broad areas of agroecology and sustainable agriculture.

University of El Salvador, Master's Program On Sustainable Tropical Agriculture
The program seeks to provide high quality education to professionals working in the areas of agriculture, natural resources management and rural development. A strong emphasis is placed on bringing recognized visiting professors in relevant areas in an effort to improve the content of the course work, and thesis research. The program consists of 1 year of courses and 1 year of thesis research.
http://sistemas.ues.edu.sv/facultades/