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Juan Carlos Torrico

Juan Carlos Torrico
Instituto Agrario Bolivia · Agricultural and natural resources management

Dr. Agr.
Professor and senior researcher in climate change and farming systems

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Introduction
Juan Carlos Torrico works as director and principal investigator at the Instituto Agrario Bolivia. Research lines: Agricultural systems and its adaptation to climate change. Development of Good Agricultural Practices and assessment methodologies. Curriculum development for the agricultural sector and climate change.
Additional affiliations
April 2003 - December 2015
Technische Hochschule Köln
Position
  • Researcher
Description
  • Lecturer and researcher Agricultural and natural resources management
Education
March 2003 - December 2007
University of Bonn
Field of study
  • Agriculture

Publications

Publications (73)
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Bolivia is one of the most vulnerable countries to climate change both because of its physical conditions and development level. Contributing to the global efforts to mitigate greenhouse gas emissions, the country defines measures through their NDCs. This study estimates the economic costs and benefits that these measures generate, and notes that t...
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According to IPCC reports, the warming of the climate system is indisputable, as is the human influence associated with it. In Bolivia, the climate crisis poses high risks to human, economic, social, productive and natural systems. The Global Climate Risk Index 2021 (CRI) places Bolivia as the tenth most vulnerable country in the world, taking into...
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El Acuerdo de Paris finalmente puede funcionar a través del Pacto Climático de Glasgow. El objetivo de 1.5°C se mantiene agonizante, las partes se comprometen a aumentar su ambición para esta década, así como el apoyo a los países en vías de desarrollo, sin embargo, el compromiso global deja aún sabor a poco, los países en vías de desarrollo quedar...
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ESPANOL: Bolivia es un país altamente heterogéneo y con una variabilidad climática amplia, los efectos del cambio climático están afectando considerablemente los sistemas naturales, de producción, sociales y económicos, analizar escenarios climáticos es fundamental para la planificación de acciones de mitigación y adaptación. El artículo presenta d...
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ESPANOL: El libro analiza diferentes sistemas de producción agropecuario y forestal en seis diferentes pisos ecológicos, presenta resultados en cuanto a resiliencia de sistemas de producción, sus capacidades de adaptación y mitigación a los efectos del cambio climático, destaca los aportes al desarrollo sostenible alcanzados mediante el análisis de...
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ESP: Las medidas de distanciamiento social y aislamiento adoptadas en Bolivia desde marzo tendrán elevados costos socio-económicos. El impacto de la crisis será multidimensional y se verá agravada por la baja inclusión social y baja conectividad a la internet. ENG: The social distancing and isolation measures adopted in Bolivia since March will ha...
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Varios autores presentan diferentes puntos de vista, experiencias, y análisis sobre el desarrollo rural territorial, la seguridad alimentaria en tiempos de la pandemia, normativa rural en vistas a una renovación de Gobierno, compromisos internacionales sobre cambio climático y tendencias rurales.
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Cocoa and chocolate are synonyms for luxury and products with delicious and exotic flavors. The manual for the cocoa cultivator of fine and aroma or ordinary cocoa is addressed to all people who are involved in the processes of cultivation, harvest and post-harvest under the principles of GAP and BPM in a transparent, sustainable and traceable mann...
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Este libro es el producto de 15 años de cátedra en varias universidades, entre las que destacan la Universidad de Ciencias Aplicadas Colonia (Alemania), Universidad San Luis Potosí (México), Universidad Mayor de San Andrés y Universidad Gabriel Rene Moreno (Bolivia) y en la Escuela de Actualización Profesional EIP (Alemania). El libro explora en s...
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El capítulo discute las experiencias y reflexiones en tres países (Bolivia, Nicaragua y Angola) sobre el desarrollo de capacidades, formación continua e implementa­ción de las TIC en el sector agropecuario, y en este contexto analizar las diferentes estrategias e innovaciones en el desarrollo de capacidades para el sector agrícola en general y cafe...
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In March/April 2013 had been protests of the agricultural producers of Villa de Arriaga in front of the Agricultural Secretary of the State of San Luis Potosí, Mexico. The farmers demanded payments of political policies which the Agricultural Secretary had promised. According to the producers they requested the assistance in 2012 and until that poi...
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Avances en ciencia y tecnología agropecuaria y desarrollo rural - Cienciagro Vol.9 Nr.1 (2019). Eight articles with different authors from the journal "Cienciagro" are presented: 1.- Situación socioeconómica y cultural de la qañawa (Chenopodium pallidicaule Aellen) en las comunidades del municipio de san Andrés de Machaca, La Paz: Pérez V. (1-9). 2...
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Specialty Coffee Managing Quality is a practical resource that features rigorous academic research designed to be accessible for every coffee professional. It includes detailed information on everything from the latest farming techniques and technologies at origin, through the impact of climate change on flavor (and what can be done about it) plus...
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ABSTRACT: The coffee production systems in Bolivia have the lowest yields in the region; There is very little Bolivian literature on production systems, their characterization, problem analysis, training demand in the sector and alternatives for revita-lization. The objective of this article is to analyze the context and state of the art of coffee...
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ABSTRACT The energy is considered a fundamental part of the development processes as a tool for the satisfaction of essential requirements. The increase in demand at a specific zone is highly related with the observed level of development. The accessibility and availability of energy resources in indigenous communities affect the sector performan...
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Keywords: History of coffee cultivation in Angola, Arabica Coffee, Good Agricultural Practices, Traffic Light System , Manual and guide for coffee farmers, Precision agro-ecological management, climatic change, development of rural areas, training and education of coffee farmers The Manual of the Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) is a guide for Ar...
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El cambio climático está afectando todo el sistema ecológico y socio-económico del planeta. Los sistemas agrícolas son altamente dependientes de factores climáticos lo que los hace altamente vulnerables a sus cambios. El cultivo de la papa es estratégico para la seguridad alimentaria en Bolivia. Los escenarios climáticos indican que se vivirán con...
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En los últimos cinco años el cambio climático ha impactado fuertemente los sistemas de producción agrícolas y reducido considerablemente la seguridad alimentaria especialmente en países en vías de desarrollo. Existen una serie de sistemas alternativos que implican sobre todo el uso de tecnologías adecuadas que minimizan los impactos del cambio clim...
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In San Luis Potosí, México, there is environmental contamination in different places, produced as much by human activities, as by natural pollution. The characteristics of susceptibility and vulnerability in children, as well as their importance in Sustainable Development Goals, give them a priority in the considerations for measures to protect the...
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RESUMEN El cambio climático está afectando todo el sistema ecológico y socio-económico del planeta. Los sistemas agrícolas son altamente dependientes de factores climáticos lo que los hace altamente vulnerables a sus cambios. El cultivo de la papa es estratégico para la seguridad alimentaria en Bolivia. Los escenarios climáticos indican que se vivi...
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ENGLISH: The book shows a quantitative and qualitative evaluation of the resilience capacity and contributions of agroecological production systems compared with conventional systems in 3 different regions of Bolivia, through the construction of a methodological tool that allows to contrast the degree of resilience in qualitative and quantitative t...
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RESUMEN: En los últimos cinco años el cambio climático ha impactado fuertemente los sistemas de producción agrícolas y reducido considerablemente la seguridad alimentaria de varias poblaciones damnificadas con inundaciones y sequías en diferentes pisos ecológicos en Bolivia. Para plantear sistemas alternativos, no se conoce el grado de resiliencia...
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In San Luis Potosí, México, there is environmental contamination in different places, produced as much by human activities, as by natural pollution. The characteristics of susceptibility and vulnerability in children, as well as their importance in Sustainable Development Goals, give them a priority in the considerations for measures to protect the...
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Experiences in the exchange and sharing information through Best Agricultural Practices (BAP) in Angola, Bolivia and Nicaragua: An outlook for the cooperation between Asian coffee enterprises.
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Risk communication programs (RCPs) can contribute to the improvement of community health in marginalized settlements by improving health-related information and practices. Yet, there is a need to include young people's concerns in the design and implementation of RCPs. This study analyses young peoples’ risk perceptions in the city of San Luis Poto...
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Globalization, changing demand patterns and competition impose high pressure upon the potato system and especially poor, rural farmers of the Altiplano. An ongoing trend of the displacement of traditional food products and the import of other staple foods is consequently decreasing the diversity of produced native potatoes. Though, genetic resource...
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Organic products in the neighboring municipalities of Nova Friburgo and Cachoeiras de Macacú follow three primary value chains that reach consumers through farmers markets, home delivery baskets, and processing and distribution industries. Organic products are mainly certified by the participatory guarantee system. Within the first municipality, a...
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Sustainability Resilience Adaptability Energy efficiency Input efficiency Precision farming Best agricultural practices Keywords Dynamic agricultural sustainability strongly depends on a reliable energy resource that is capable of maintaining order in an open (agro-ecosystem em at the expense of the order of the environment. In this article, the in...
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Organic matter in soils (SOM) is represented by plant residues in various stages of decomposition. Carbon content of soils is considered as a major indicator of soil quality, including water retention capacity. However, only organic particles passing through the 2 mm sieve are considered. Moreover, soil litter is generally given less importance in...
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El presente estudio analiza los cambios de cobertura de suelo principalmente debido a la deforestación, en el municipio de Riberalta, en la Amazonía boliviana. Calculamos las tasas de cambios de coberturas de suelo y la deforestación usando percepción remota y sistemas de información geográfica. En el análisis se utilizaron imágenes Landsat TM 5 pa...
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El presente estudio analiza los cambios de cobertura de suelo principalmente debido a la deforestación, en el municipio de Riberalta, en la Amazonía boliviana. Calculamos las tasas de cambios de coberturas de suelo y la deforestación usando percepción remota y sistemas de información geográfica. En el análisis se utilizaron imágenes Landsat TM 5 pa...
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The objective of this study was to explore Mexican adolescents' perceptions of environmental health risks in contaminated urban areas, and to test the environmental photography technique as a research tool for engaging adolescents in community-based health research. The study was conducted with 74 adolescents from two communities in the city of San...
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Organic matter in soils (SOM) is represented by plant and animal residues in various stages of decomposition, containing typically 58% of Carbon. Carbon content of soils is considered as a major indicator of soil quality, including water retention capacity. However, only organic particles passing through the 2 mm sieve are considered. Moreover, soi...
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Dynamic agricultural sustainability strongly depends on a reliable energy resource that is capable of maintaining order in an open (agro-eco-) system at the expense of the order of the environment. In this article, the integrative and complex challenges of combining efficient farming with environmental upgrading are analysed. Farming should be prac...
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Bolivia faces serious problems of soil degradation. Nearly 48% of the country is eroded, and this problem affects the whole area of the administrative districts of Oruro, Potosi, Chuquisaca, and Tarija. Agricultural production in the high plateau (Altiplano region) is limited to few crops where "quinoa real" (Chenopodium quinoa Willd.) stands out....
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(Espanol) Este libro rescata los pensamientos más valiosos, analiza y debate el Desarrollo Rural Agroalimentario en Bolivia, su proceso, problemática y sobretodo, plantea las mejores perspectivas, con el único objetivo de contribuir al desarrollo de todos los bolivianos y bolivianas, especialmente del área rural. A lo largo del libro se responden 2...
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Family farming is very important because it is, among other types, the principal source of food and employment, especially in developing countries. Given the constant changes in the agrarian structure and environment, what are the prospects of family farming under current conditions in South America? To answer this question, we have chosen three co...
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In this paper, different aspects of development sustainability will be highlighted by stressing the fact that even the smartest drivers are necessarily characterized by the continuous uncertainty we all must live with. Different development drivers will be illustrated in the field of agriculture, nature and environment, all attempting to weigh the...
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Family farming is very important because it is, among other types, the principal source of food and employment, especially in developing countries. Given the constant changes in the agrarian structure and environment, what are the prospects of family farming under current conditions in South America? To answer this question, we have chosen three co...
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Deforestation and associated fragmentation and habitat loss is a typical phenomenon occurring in tropical forests around the globe. For the originally contiguously Brazilian Atlantic forest, fragmentation and habitat loss are particularly serious due to the long settlement history and to the current high population density. This leads to continuing...
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ABSTRACT: The present study focused on the analysis of the changes of land use/ land cover and the identification of potential areas for the implementation of the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) and projects related to the Reduction of Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD) in the municipal area of Riberalta, in the Bolivian A...
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At the moment the framework of Mechanism for Clean Development (MCD) and the Reduction of Emisions Derived from Deforestation and Degradation (REDD) are generating large expectations, in relation to their potential benefits on the mitigation of climate change. The Plurinational State of Bolivia is one of the countries that have taken a critical pos...
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Aproximadamente una quinta parte de la superficie de la Tierra está cubierta de montañas. Éstas se defi-nen por la elevación y pendientes del terreno. Áreas superiores a 2.500 metros sobre el nivel del mar se clasifican siempre como montañas, independiente-mente de la pendiente del terreno. Las áreas entre 300 y 2.500 metros de altura se consideran...
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The article is based on an agro-ecological evaluation of seven different agricultural systems in Teresó polis, Rio de Janeiro. The studied systems are dealing with: vegetable production system, ecological husbandry, cattle production system, sylvopastoral approaches as well as citrus cropping systems. The main objective is to evaluate the environme...
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Global climate change and population growth poses important challenges to the world in the near future, especially issues related to food security and the supply of ecosystem services. The framework for carbon sequestration projects under the framework of Land Use, Land Use Change and Forestry (LULUCF) of the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) could...
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This paper provides a set of indices based on emergy analysis for the Côrrego Sujo basin, Teresópolis-Brazil. Encompassing natural and agricultural systems, the Côrrego Sujo basin has been affected by destruction and fragmentation of natural habitats and unsustainable land use practices. The main objective is to evaluate the environmental impact of...
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Los modelos productivos ganaderos tradicionales actuales se consideran no sostenibles en términos de uso de la tierra. Estos implican prácticas inadecuadas como el sobrepastoreo el cual ha conducido a la degradación de los recursos naturales, por ejemplo la degradación de pasturas y suelos, contaminación de fuentes de agua, pérdida de biodiversidad...
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Sustentability analysis of Quinoa production (Chenopodium quinoa Willd.) in the bolivian intersalar RESUMEN En la región altiplánica de Bolivia, en los departamentos de Oruro y Potosí, se evaluó la evolución del cultivo de quinua, de forma temporal y espacial, a través de imágenes satelitales de los años 1975, 1990 y 2010 en el Intersalar boliviano...
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In the departments of Oruro and Potosi was evaluated the evolution of the quinoa crop in time and space through satellite images of the years 1975, 1990 and 2010 in the Bolivian Intersalar. A socioeconomic diagnostic was also carried out through interviews and surveys, to determine the impacts generated from the extension of the quinoa cultivation...
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The resilience, ecological function and quality of both agricultural and natural systems were evaluated in the mountainous region of the Atlantic Rain Forest of Rio de Janeiro through Rapid Assessment Methods. For this goal new indicators were proposed, such as eco-volume, eco-height, bio-volume, volume efficiency, and resilience index. The followi...
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Most plant growth parameters refer to weight indicators. Thus, in agriculture, final output will be compared in weight/unit of surface. If not in weight units, most growth models equate growth in two dimensional units like leaf area index or basal area. However, foresters use volume units, but then only for the harvestable part i.e. the stem. In na...
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Resumen En la municipalidad de Teresópolis del estado de Rio de Janeiro se evaluaron los recursos genéticos de plantas en una dinámica económica y ecológica determinando para siete sistemas agrícolas la agrobiodiversidad. Se evaluó el uso y manejo de la agrobiodiversidad y los indicadores de recursos genéticos. Presentaron los mejores índices los s...
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The complexity of interactions between numerous environmental and socioeconomic systems in the globalised world requires a deeper understanding of the related systems. Global problems, such as climate change, land degradation, energy crisis or poverty cannot be solved without an understanding of system behaviour and structure. For various broadscal...
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LULUCF projects under the CDM: an opportunity to increase food security in developing countries LULUCF Proyectos bajo el CDM una oportunidad para incrementar la seguridad alimentaria en paises en vias de desarrollo Resumen La amenaza de cambio climático presenta importantes retos en el futuro cercano, especielamente en los países en vías de desarro...
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Biomass and energy evaluation was carried out in the Municipality of Teresópolis - Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The following agricultural and natural systems were considered: (i) vegetables systems (leaf, fruit and mixed vegetables); (ii) citrus; (iii) ecological agro-forestry; (iv) cattle ranching, (v) silvopastoril systems, (vi) forest fragments and,...
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Consecuencias del incremento de la producción de quinua (Chenopodium quinoa Willd.) en el altiplano sur de Bolivia Consequences of quinoa production (Chenopodium quinoa Willd.) increased in the southern altiplano of Bolivia Resumen Bolivia presenta severos problemas de degradación de suelos, cerca del 48% de la superficie del país presenta erosión,...