Costa Rica

Eduardo Somarriba

Eduardo has a BS in Biology and Natural Resources, a Masters’ degree in tropical forest ecology, and PhD in Agroecology (biology) by the University of Michigan. He has been an active researcher, educator, and advisor in agroforestry over the last 36 years. He is Agroforestry Professor at CATIE, and focal point for the CGIAR consortium on Forests, Trees and Agroforestry, FTA, in CATIE. Eduardo’s current field of research is focused on the optimal management of trees on farms (farming with trees), multi-strata agroforestry systems with coffee and cacao, and the production of timber in farms. He has provided technical advice to governments, development projects, and NGOs in Latin America, led various, science-based development cocoa projects in Bolivia and in Central America, and published more than 200 publications, including scientific articles, technical manuals, books, and educational materials for university students and farmers.


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