The Tropical Agriculture Platform (TAP)

The CDAIS El Salvador project

The Capacity Development for Agricultural Innovation Systems project in El Salvador is an initiative implemented by FAO together with the National Center for Agricultural and Forestry Technology "Enrique Álvarez Córdova" (CENTA) of the Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock (MAG) , with  financial support of the Italian Agency for Development Cooperation (AICS), which seeks to use agricultural innovation systems as a strategy to strengthen the functional, productive, social and economic capacities of Salvadoran agriculture, particularly of four agri-chains.


The objective of CDAIS El Salvador is to contribute to create a more efficient, sustainable and coherent National Agricultural Innovation System with the needs of the agricultural producers of the prioritized areas throughout the chain, and compatible with the environment.


Capacity Development in Agricultural Innovation System is necessary to improve interaction, build trust and create synergies between research institutions, public and private sector actors, small producers and development organizations, so that they can address all a series of activities, investments, policies and seize opportunities to carry out the change of mentality. Strengthening Agricultural Innovation Systems allows to:

• Expand capacity development interventions towards organizational and institutional dimensions. • Generate greater impact and sustainability over time of innovation initiatives. • Improve coordination as a result of the work of a governing body and coordinator, both of institutions and innovation services. • Contribute significantly to climate resilience, Food and Nutrition Security (FNS), economic development and sustainable management of natural resources. The innovation of agri-food systems is crucial to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals of the Agenda 2030, especially in the fight against hunger and poverty, to improve food security and promote environmentally sustainable agriculture. 

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