Santa Rosa Research Station: 30 years of agriculture research in Latin America
Research conducted at the site has led to significant impact. The development of improved rice varieties, for example, has resulted in increased production in Colombia, especially in the Orinoquia region where over 200,000 hectares of rice were planted this year alone.
The numbers speak for themselves. In Latin America, approximately 3.2 million hectares have been planted with over 500 varieties of rice developed by CIAT and partners during the last three decades.
In addition to its work on rice breeding and production, the station also conducts important research on other key crops and research areas, and supports capacity strengthening as well. Nearly 500 professionals from national agriculture research institutes have received training on the latest technology and methods at the Santa Rosa Research Station.
Research on tropical forages has also produced impressive outcomes. These efforts have resulted in over 2,500,000 hectares of improved forages in the Orinoquia region. More importantly, this research has boosted productivity and income for farmers in Latin America, and contributed to making livestock-crop production systems more eco-efficient.
Fedearroz purchased property in Santa Rosa, Colombia, in the early 80s, to conduct field research on key agricultural issues such as pests and diseases threatening rice production in the region.
Over the past three decades, Santa Rosa has become a global hotspot for agriculture research. World-class scientists, like Peter Jennings, have come to Santa Rosa to conduct key studies and learn from other experts.
The dynamic research station has played a strategic role in the region’s development, thanks to strong cooperation between both national and international institutions.