I oversee the day to day running and coordination of the Centre. My days are spent coordinating communications with Geneva, consulting with my colleagues, and supervising the general day to day activities. I also have to prepare and present reports and increasingly, coordinate activities with the other directors from related Centres across the Foundation.
Over the years, we have established very close relationships with several Centres. For example, Simón I. Patiño Centre for Applied Ecology (CEASIP) has helped to evaluate corn hybrids by looking after the experiments planted by colleagues from Cochabamba. Also, the directors from the model farm in Pairumani have helped advise to correct certain difficulties, such as how calves are raised or how yoghurt is produced. Another example, last year we received support from the Albina R. Patiño Children’s’ hospital in Cochabamba to evaluate the health of our workers and to teach them better nutritional habits. Looking forward, the three Centres located in Santa Cruz are planning joint activities this year related to urban gardening and reforestation.
Establishing good working relationships with the other Centres has opened new opportunities and has created synergies, allowing the CEASIP to have a stronger impact on society. This allows us to use our resources more effectively.
We are looking to grow the popularity of our Centre. Currently, we host about 2,000 visitors each year. This number will increase to around 4,000 visitors in 2020. Increasingly, we are being seen as a reference point for sustainable agriculture and are helping others to treat the soil with more respect, while, at the same time, we are building bridges between the rural and urban populations.
I invite everybody to come and spend a day or two with us. There is so much to learn about sustainable agriculture that it is impossible to see it all in one day. At the same time, I recommend visitors talk to our workers to learn how they feel about working in the CEASIP. Finally, I invite all our visitors to share their observations and recommendations, as these inputs can help make the CEASIP stronger.