Isabel Gutiérrez- Montes

Isabel Gutiérrez- Montes
CATIE - Centro Agronómico Tropical de Investigación y Enseñanza | CATIE · Research and Development Division

Biol, MSc natural resources, PhD rural sociology
Research and training/education on conservation and development

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Introduction
Isabel Gutierrez-Montes is a Colombian Biologist, MSc. in natural resources and Ph.D. in Rural Sociology. Isabel works in Latinamerica using qualitative research methods as a diagnostic and planning tool in landscape management, assessment of vulnerability, implementation of farmer field schools, and socioenvironmental educational programs. Worked at CATIE since 2005: Leader of a development program; Dean of Graduate School and professor and researcher
Additional affiliations
May 2017 - May 2020
CATIE - Centro Agronómico Tropical de Investigación y Enseñanza
Position
  • Head of Faculty
August 2005 - May 2020
CATIE - Centro Agronómico Tropical de Investigación y Enseñanza
Position
  • Professor
Education
August 2001 - August 2005
Iowa State University
Field of study
  • Rural Sociology

Publications

Publications (143)
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Community management of natural resources is well supported by many field experiences as an effective way to improve people's well-being while maintaining their natural resource base. The approach has been reasonably achieved within community groups and the community as a whole. Nonetheless, there are fewer experiences at multi-community or regiona...
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Compendium of critical lessons learned from the Mesoamerican Agroenvironmental Program: an integrated approach to achieve sustainable land management. Using Farmer Field Schools the program worked with thousands of rural families to improve human and environmental wellbeing
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Gender issues in conservation and rural development have been a topic of -discussion within research and development institutions since the 1980s. Women have been excluded from many programs and projects both because of the traditional values of some cultures and because of the prejudice inherent in many development efforts of the time. Lack of par...
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La caracterización de prácticas de manejo es el primer paso en la reconversión de sistemas productivos cada vez más sostenibles; pero la sostenibilidad no solo se trata del modelo productivo, sino de las personas. Aunque existen metodologías de caracterización desde los indicadores de sostenibilidad, se carece de enfoques centrados en la familia y...
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Cacao cultivation is one of the most important livelihoods for rural households in Colombia, where it is promoted as a substitute for the illegal cultivation of coca. To strengthen Colombian cacao farming, it is important to understand the livelihood strategies associated with cacao cultivation and the impact of these different strategies on the we...
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Production for self-provisioning contributes to food security in rural territories; however, studies have indicated that this capacity is limited. We analyzed the impact of livelihood strategies on self-provisioning conditions in 162 rural households in the department of Huila, Colombia. We analyzed: a. source of foods; b. composition of home garde...
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Coffee cultivation is one of the main agricultural activities in Colombia, which increases the well-being of coffee-growing families. In order to determine the impact of coffee production, the capital endowment and well-being of coffee-growing families in the municipality of Pitalito, in the south of Colombia, were analyzed using the community capi...
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The study of Ecosystem services (ES) is a prolific field of research. Despite the great biological and cultural diversity, in Latin America, research in this field has been growing at a much slower rate than in the rest of the world. The study of ES is called upon to contribute to informed decision-making for the planning and conservation of the te...
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Collective action and capacity building locally are key elements in overcoming poverty through agroforestry and community silviculture. Starting from extreme poverty, degraded soils and a reluctance to plant trees, the communities of Zambrana Abajo in the Dominican Republic were able to confront and change repressive forestry policies, obtaining th...
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This paper studies the influence of community capitals on well-being through a Community Capital Index (CCI) within coffee-growing families in southern Colombia. Our results show different farm typologies, with different levels of capital endowment translated into well-being that, in our case, were represented in the CCI. Specifically, social and p...
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Cacao cultivation has great socioeconomic importance for the development of rural areas of Colombia, especially for the approximately 52,000 rural households that depend on it. Therefore, is important to analyze the relationship that the capitals endowment of cacao-growing rural households has with the agronomic status of the crop. To establish thi...
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Production for self-provisioning contributes to food security in rural territories; however, studies have indicated that this capacity is limited. We analyze the impact of livelihood strategies on self-provisioning conditions in 162 rural households in the department of Huila, Colombia. Different topics were examined: a. source of the food; b. comp...
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Esta cartilla es el resultado de la investigación acción participativa: "Alternativas de producción y comercialización desde la agricultura campesina, familiar y comunitaria en Sumapaz, Bogotá, Colombia", en donde participarón 10 familias del convite campesino sumapaceño, el cual es una forma organizativa que se reune todos los miércoles, rotándose...
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En esta investigación se analizaron las causas sociales, ambientales y económicas que inciden en la pérdida de agrobiodiversidad de las chagras del pueblo indígena Inga en la Amazonía colombiana. Se usó una metodología cualitativa basada en entrevistas semiestructuradas, grupos focales y asambleas para validación de información. Los resultados mues...
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The local knowledge is constituted in the basis for decision-making and is an important part of the livelihood of rural families. Knowledge of cocoa crop management practices takes an essential role in the producers’ resilience capacity to face and adapt to changing environments in the productive, social and environmental level. It was carried out...
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The Mesoamerican Agroenvironmental Program (MAP-Norway) is a multi-dimensional rural development program implemented in Central America since 2009, working with smallholder families, producer organizations, governmental organizations, and regional governance platforms. To monitor, assess, and evaluate the effects of the program on its beneficiaries...
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El presente documento compila los resultados de la experiencia CACAOTICS en el marco de las Alianzas Rurales para la Educación y el Desarrollo (ARED), dispuestas por el Ministerio de Educación Nacional (MEN), como una estrategia de acercamiento de las Instituciones de Educación Superior (IES) a las realidades del campo en Colombia.Este documento bu...
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Pressions environnementalistes et stratégies des agriculteurs dans les systèmes agroforestiers caféiers au Costa Rica et au Nicaragua sibeLet n., fréguin-gresh s., Le coq J.-f., gutiérrez montes i., Laffourcade r., dhorne s., dorgans-cadiLhac J., baranger m. et constanty m. Résumé. L'agroforesterie est souvent citée pour sa capacité à concilier la...
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In Central Nicaragua, in a rural landscape where trees grow everywhere, we studied the relations between land uses and the perception of ecosystem services (ES) provision by farmers. We worked in 3 municipalities and interviewed more than 100 households distributed among 10 communities, from 2016 to 2018. During gender specific focus groups we prod...
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Given the context of climate change and poverty, rural populations are increasingly faced with the challenges of appropriate resource management, adequate food production and improving their quality of life. Guatemala has to cope with climate change and poverty while taking its agricultural production into account. In this regard, agroforestry syst...
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Given the context of climate change and poverty, rural populations are increasingly faced with the challenges of appropriate resource management, adequate food production and improving their quality of life. Guatemala has to cope with climate change and poverty while taking its agricultural production into account. In this regard, agroforestry syst...
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Costa Rica is supporting Marine Areas of Responsible Fishing (AMPRs) to enable small-scale fishing communities to apply for exclusive harvesting and management rights within spatially delimited areas under a co-management policy framework. Communities need to self-organize their own fishing association and develop a fishing management plan (POP) to...
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A vulnerability assessment due to water scarcity and drought in the city of La Paz (BCS) is presented. Te community capitals framework (CFF) is used to estimate vulnerability as a system integrated by 7 sub-systems: human, social, political, fnancial, physical, natural and cultural, through a biophysical situation analysis, index calculation, and t...
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Promoviendo la construcción colectiva de territorios rurales sostenibles en América Latina y el Caribe: apuesta del Programa Académico de Práctica del Desarrollo y la Conservación Objetivos • Habilitar programas formales de posgrado que contribuyan a atender los desafíos del desarrollo • Ofertar las Maestrías Profesionales en Práctica del Desarroll...
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The Mesoamerican Agroenvironmental Program (MAP-Norway) is a multi-dimensional rural development program implemented in Central America since 2009, working with smallholder families, producer organizations, governmental organizations and regional governance platforms. To monitor, assess and evaluate the effects of the program on its beneficiaries,...
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Trees outside forests can play an important role in production and conservation and increase connectivity within agricultural landscapes. However, farmers’ perceptions of the trees and the values they place on them will determine the extent to which they will do so in the future. In a case study in Costa Rica, northwest of the Central Volcanic Tala...
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Our research examines the benefits and drawbacks for cooperatives who participate in voluntary coffee certifications. We interviewed administrators at twenty Costa Rican coffee cooperatives about management practices related to voluntary certification. Voluntary certifications are popular among coffee cooperatives. Access to certified markets is fa...
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Social capital has many applications in the adoption and management of voluntary certifications such as Fair trade, Rainforest Alliance, Utz, and CAFE Practices. We used a mixed-methods approach to assess social capital in five Costa Rican coffee cooperatives. We applied this information to its effects on the management of sustainable coffee certif...
Technical Report
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En los últimos decenios, la variabilidad climática que estamos viviendo ha causado impactos en los sistemas naturales y humanos a lo largo de todo el orbe. Un análisis de vulnerabilidad social y ambiental ante el cambio climático se realizó en la comunidad indígena Cabécar de Grano de Oro, ubicado en el distrito de Tayutic, del cantón Turrialba, pr...
Technical Report
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El presente documento se genera como parte de los resultados del proyecto Gestión del conocimiento para la innovación del desarrollo rural sostenible en Guatemala: fortaleciendo la agricultura familiar y la economía campesina (denominado desde sus comienzos como Proyecto CATIE-MAGA-NORUEGA) ejecutado por el CATIE (Centro Agronómico Tropical de Inve...
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148.215.1.155:89/arribos/104/34365/02.pdfSe propone mostrar que es factibleestudiar la complejidad de la dinámica arbóreaen fincas privadas en tres zonas agrícolas deCosta Rica. Con este fin, se aplicó la combinaciónde enfoques de capitales de la comunidady de la indagación apreciativa. Se entrevistaron210 productores y se reunió 40% de ellos en16...
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Este estudio evaluó cuales factores han influido la adopción de prácticas de conservación y aumento de la Cobertura Arbórea en Fincas (CAF) en tres zonas rurales de Costa Rica. Se complementó información de censos poblacionales y datos geo-espaciales con resultados de entrevistas y talleres con 163 productores, aplicando un enfoque de indagación ap...
Technical Report
Participación de las mujeres y los jóvenes en la actividad ganadera en Santa Cruz, Turrialba. Informe de investigación elaborado dentro del curso MÉTODOS CUALITATIVOS PARA LA INVESTIGACIÓN Y LA ACCIÓN PARTICIPATIVA
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High Andean communities of Peru are among the most vulnerable to climate change. Their livelihoods highly depend on natural ecosystems that are extremely fragile and thus vulnerable. In addition, persistent social and economic inequality, coupled with unsustainable land use practices and resource degradation, reduces the capacity of populations to...
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La quinua es un cultivo de gran importancia debido a sus cualidades agroecológicas, nutritivas y su potencial como herramienta para la seguridad alimentaria. Esta investigación se realizó con 15 familias productoras de Boyacá, Colombia y se enfocó en la quinua y su contribución en el manejo del agroecosistema, sus aportes a los medios de vida y los...
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Se contribuye a comprender la migración interna en Guatemala frente a los eventos climáticos extremos (ECE) en el marco del cambio climático. Este análisis se hizo con base en los medios de vida de la comunidad. La información se obtuvo de entrevistas semiestructuradas aplicadas a expertos y la revisión de literatura. Los resultados encontrados rev...
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Gender is a critical factor in efforts to address ecological management and recovery in situations of environmental shocks and stress. Research has shown that women are more vulnerable to ecological disasters that are now increasing in intensity and frequency due to the effect of climate change (Segnestam 2009). Access and control men and women hav...
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Perceptions of livestock producers regarding their welfare, water quality and herpetofauna diversity were examined using semi-structured interviews with farmers and local institutions. Interviews was used to develop indicators framed in community capitals and validated through four workshops. The results indicated that producers have similar percep...
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Obra colectiva que reflexiona desde los campos conceptuales y metodológicos hasta los procesos de investigación-acción sobre la vulnerabilidad y la gestión de los riesgos de desastres. La amplitud temática y distintos enfoques de investigación que aborda nutren la comprensión de las diferentes aristas que conforman la vulnerabilidad y las estrategi...
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La diversidad de especies vegetales y animales que se encuentran en los diferentes sistemas productivos de las familias del sur de México ha contribuido a la seguridad alimentaria de los grupos étnicos. Los huertos familiares proveen, a lo largo del año, de múltiples productos para el consumo directo de la familia y en ocasiones estos productos se...
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Las percepciones de los productores ganaderos respecto a su bienestar, la calidad del agua y la diversidad de herpetofauna fueron examinadas usando entrevistas semiestructuradas a los productores y a las instituciones locales. Las entrevistas se utilizaron para desarrollar indicadores enmarcados en los capitales de la comunidad y validados a través...
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This paper analyzes data on the contribution of home gardens to the livelihoods of the rural polulation in Tzununá, Sololá, Guatemala. Variables analyzed were plant use and diversity. Data were collected through plant inventories, direct observations, semi-structured and open-ended ques¬tionnaires, and interviews. A total of 45 plant species were i...
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MAP por sus siglas en inglés) emprendió desde sus inicios una serie de iniciativas para pro-mover la aplicación del enfoque de género y equidad en su quehacer. Estas iniciativas partieron del diseño de una estrategia para abordar el tema en los diferentes proyectos y unidades MAP que incluyó: 1) sensibilización a diferentes actores incluyendo el pe...
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Percepción en el uso y conservación de los recursos naturales de las comunidades de Pocora, Seis Amigos poblaciones de Pocora, Seis Amigos y La Lucha de la provincia de Limón acerca de la necesidad y viabilidad de conservar y dar un manejo sostenible a los recursos naturales. Se realizaron 45 entrevistas semi-estructuradas a los pobladores de estas...
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Biological corridors are a strategy created in the framework of the biodiversity law of 1998 in Costa Rica, which opened several opportunities for local participation toward the conservation of biodiversity. They were born also to complement the Protected Areas, to prevent them of being isolated from each other and promote connectivity through the...
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The community economic development has been traditional based on generating more income, with a lack of coordination. Often the ideas and initiatives come from different institutions and governmental programs, which did not take into consideration the people and the community resources. Therefore sustainability is not the main issue, the short term...
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Research on sociology of adoption and diffusion seems to highlight the separation between agricultural and natural resources research efforts, and its relevance and application (so called adoption) by local producers. Trying to address these issues and in order to bridge the gap, we propose the use of the community capitals framework (CCF) within a...
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Una Escuela Temática y Metodológica: “Métodos de Ciencias Sociales aplicados a la Agroforestería y al manejo de los recursos naturales” se realizó del 14 al 23 de noviembre de 2011 en Turrialba y Pococí, Costa Rica y reunió a 13 participantes. Basados en un proceso de capacitación y formación a distancia de 30 horas y nueve días de trabajo de campo...