Discover: Biopacific Park


Biopacific Park continued to consolidate its services in support of scientific and technological innovation in and beyond southwestern Colombia.

With support from the World Intellectual Property Organization of the United Nations, the Park worked with Colombia’s Ministry of Commerce, Industry, and Tourism to set up a service that uses specialized databases to assist in the handling of intellectual property rights. In addition, seminars were held in 2014 on copyright, trademark registration, and related issues.

With CIAT and other organizations forming part of this platform, Biopacific Park also led the design of a new project aimed at improving the livelihoods of smallholder farmers in the hillsides of Valle del Cauca Department through research and development to strengthen promising agricultural value chains. Now in its first year, the project is being financed with resources from the Science, Technology, and Innovation Fund of the Colombian government’s system for using royalties from the petroleum industry to fund activities for public benefit. The project demonstrates how participating organizations can combine their capacities to put technological innovations into practice for the development of tropical agriculture.

Agronatura Science Park

Another key mechanism by which CIAT promotes research partnerships for agricultural development in Colombia and elsewhere is the Agronatura Science Park, which brings together 10 national and international organizations around a common collaborative platform to address shared research challenges.

  • Alexander von Humboldt Biological Resources Research Institute (Instituto Humboldt)
    Phone: +57 2 4450000, ext. 3174
  • Bioversity International
    Phone: +57 2 4450048 / 49
    Fax: +57 2 4450096
  • CLAYUCA Corporation
    Phone: +57 2 4450000, ext. 3159
  • Colombian Institute of Agriculture (ICA)
    Phone: +57 2 4450000, ext. 3136
  • Colombian Sugarcane Research Center (CENICAÑA)
    Phone: +57 2 6876611
  • Corporation for the Development of Biotechnology (Corporación BIOTEC)
    Phone: +57 2 4450000, ext. 3114
  • Foundation for Agricultural Research and Development (FIDAR)
    Phone: +57 2 4450000, ext. 3106
  • International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT)
    Phone: +57 2 4450025
  • Latin American Fund for Irrigated Rice (FLAR)
    Phone: +57 2 4450052 / 93