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Humberto Ríos Labrada, ICRA Representative Latin America

Humberto graduated in 1984 as Agronomist at the Higher Pedagogical Institute for Technical and Professional Education in Cuba. He was a lecturer of plant breeding and experimental design for 12 years in Cuba.
He finished his PhD in Agricultural Sciences in 1999 and participated in ICRA's ARD course in 2000, as well as ICRA's Design and Management of Interactive Learning in Rural Innovation in 2009.

Humberto has been involved in participatory research in Venezuela, Mexico, Nicaragua, Honduras, Colombia, Costa Rica, Central Asia and Cuba. He has 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. Humberto is now based in Bolivia and advising the SDC financed project “El Programa de Innovación Contínua”. Since 2012, Humberto is the ICRA representative in Latin America.

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.


e-mail 1 Humberto Ríos Labrada or e-mail 2 Humberto Ríos Labrada

In 2010 Humberto won the Goldman Prize: See pictures with President Barack Obama