Humberto Ríos Labrada
Regional coordinator Latin America
PhD in Agricultural Sciences (1999). Agronomist (1984) from the Higher Pedagogical Institute for Technical and Professional Education, Cuba. Humberto participated in ICRA's ARD course in 2000, and in ICRA's Design and Management of Interactive Learning in Rural Innovation in 2009.
Participative approaches, grassroot approach, biodiversity research, rural innovation, local platforms
Since 2012, Humberto is the ICRA representative in Latin America. After being based in Bolivia for a couple of years, advising the (Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation financed project) “El Programa de Innovación Contínua”, he recently shifted to Spain.
Humberto was a lecturer of plant breeding and experimental design for 12 years in Cuba. He has been involved in participatory research in Venezuela, Mexico, Nicaragua, Honduras, Colombia, Costa Rica, Central Asia and Cuba. He published several papers on participatory approaches in Agriculture and was invited as a guest lecturer in Canada, United States, Mexico, Norway, United Kingdom, Holland, Germany, Malaysia, China, Syria, Ethiopia, Mexico, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Honduras, Brazil and Venezuela. Humberto coordinated the Agricultural Local Innovation Programme (PIAL) in Cuba from 2001 to 2011.
In 2003, Humberto received the ‘Rural Innovation Award’ from the International Agriculture Centre, Wageningen, for his results in Participatory Plant Breeding. In 2010, he received the ‘Goldman Award’ (considered as Novel Green Prize) for his contribution to agriculture transformation in Cuba.
In 2011, Humberto, with two Cuban colleagues, published a book on agriculture, participation and climate change in Cuba "Innovación agroecológica, adaptación y mitigación del cambio climático" and recently “Chencho Transgénico”, a novel about changes of attitude in conventional researchers. Humberto contributed to the 2012 IDRC publication The custodians of biodiversity - Sharing Access to and Benefits of Genetic Resources
Humberto loves farming and singing and produced his first CD “Mango Chupé” with his musician friend Daniel Lodeiro.