Centro para el Desarrollo Agropecuario y Forestal (CEDAF)

Founded in 1987, the Centro para el Desarrollo Agropecuario y Forestal (CEDAF), formerly known as the Fundación para el Desarrollo Agropecuario (FDA), is a private nonprofit organization that promotes Dominican sustainable development in the agricultural and forestry sector, through training, information, institutional innovation, policy analysis and sector strategies. The Center strives for institutional excellence and high credibility in order to stimulate a competitive agricultural industry that aims to reduce poverty and protect the environment.

General Information

  • Legal Name: Centro para el Desarrollo Agropecuario y Forestal
  • Acronym: CEDAF
  • Country of Origin: Dominican Republic
  • RNC/Tax ID No: 401500809
  • Geographic Areas: National Territory, Azua, Bahoruco, Barahona, Dajabón, Distrito Nacional, Duarte, El Seibo, Elías Piña, Espaillat, Hato Mayor, Hermanas Mirabal, Independencia, La Altagracia, La Romana, La Vega, María Trinidad Sánchez, Monseñor Nouel, Monte Cristi, Monte Plata, Pedernales, Peravia, Puerto Plata, Samaná, San Cristóbal, San José de Ocoa, San Juan, San Pedro de Macorís, Sánchez Ramírez, Santiago, Santiago Rodríguez, Santo Domingo, Valverde
  • Theme Areas: Education, Environment and Energy, Food/Agriculture, Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH)
  • Quantity and Type of Beneficiaries:

The Team

Management Team:

• Juan José Espinal, Executive Director

• Teófilo Suriel, Manager of Planning and Research

• Ana Julia Correa, Manager of Finances and Administration

• Gonzalo Morales, Publications and Audiovisuals

• Randolph Robles Polonio, Information Technology

• Raúl Araujo, Cluster Coordinator, Bee-keeping

• Helmut Bethancourt, PROBOVINO Coordinator

• Ivón Méndez, UGA Coordinator

• Ginny Heinsen, Director of 3Rs Program

• Dinorah Rodríguez, Assistant Accountant

• Mary de la Cruz, Administrative Assistant

• Mónica Peña, Manager of Documentation Center

• Janina Segura, Training

• Lisbeth Trinidad, Receptionist

• Noel Reynoso, Concierge

• Marisol Zarzuela, Concierge

• José Salomón Guillen, Security

• Chachito Arias, Messenger

• Melvin R. Gil Estevez, Driver

Board Members:

Marcial Najri

Luis B. Crouch

Mario Cabrera

Jerry W. Dupuy

José Luis Venta

Bienvenido Brito

Ignacio Caraballo

Domingo Marte

• Jose Miguel Bonetti Guerra
• Irving Redondo
• Luis Viyella
• Hipolito Mejia
• Francis Redman
• Santiago Tejada
• Manuel De Js. Viñas Ovalles
• Jose Manuel Armenteros
• Amilcar Romero

Juan José Espinal

Contact Information

  • Telephone: (809) 565-5603
  • Email: mpena@cedaf.org.do
  • Address:

    José Amado Soler # 50, Ensanche Paraíso, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic

  • Website: http://www.cedaf.org.do
  • Social Networks: Facebook | Twitter

Contact Person

  • Name: Mónica Peña
  • Position: Manager of the Documentation Center
  • Telephone: (809) 565-5603
  • Email: mpena@cedaf.org.do


  • Type of Organization: Non-Profit Organization
  • International Affiliations:
  • Years of Operation: Since 1987
  • Number of Employees: 27 employees, 2 consultants, and 5 associates
  • Number of Members: N/A
  • Number of Volunteers:


  • Sources of Funding:

    Endowment Fund
    Dominican Government
    International organizations, including the IDB, USAID, European Union and the FAO
    Private Companies

  • Products/Services:

    Degree in Ecology and Environmental Management at the Pontificia Universidad Catolica Madre y Maestra (PUCMM) or the Instituto Superior de Agricultura (ISA).

    Studies and preparation of projects for the generation and transfer of technologies.

    Management development programs and projects.

    Organization and training programs and training of human resources.

    Support and technical assistance to producers through Network Technology Development.

    Information and bibliographic documentation, sale of publications, consultation on sales and internet

    Rooms for meetings and training activities.

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CEDAF is a foundation that promotes sustainable development in both the agricultural and forestry sectors through training, information, institutional innovation, policy analysis and sector strategies. The Center strives for institutional excellence and high credibility in order to stimulate competitive agriculture that aims to reduce poverty and protect the environment.

To be leaders in the management of institutional and technological innovation to develop the agricultural and forestry industries.

Primary Programs and Projects

Information and Communication Area:

CEDAF publications (monographs, manuals, reports of events, studies, research reports, factsheets, newsletters, annual reports, etc.).

Technical Guidelines CEDAF (material support and consultation for agricultural professionals, farmers, students and others interested in Dominican agriculture).

Documentation and Information Center CEDAF (information on the needs of producers, technicians, and students of the agricultural and forestry sectors in the country).

Documentation and Information Network for Agricultural and Forest Area (REDIAF).

Planning and Study Area:

Pilot project for the establishment of a national system of agricultural traceability in the Dominican Republic.

ProBovine Area:

Program for Competitive and Sustainable Development of Dominican bovine livestock.

Evaluation of milk productivity of crossbred cows (Red Roman).

Genetic characterization of Dominican Creole Diary Cattle using molecular markers.

Training and Education in the bovine meat and milk sector in the Dominican Republic.

Department of Natural Resources:

Development of the fifth report on Desertification and Drought in the Dominican Republic.

CEDAF was the institution responsible for the preparation of the Fifth National Report to the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification and Drought (UNCCD) in 2014.

Aligning the National Action Program to Combat Desertification and Drought (PAN-LCD) in Dominican Republic.

After an intense process of consultations at the national level, prioritizing the regions by the level of registered degradation (Valdesia, El Valle, Enriquillo and Cibao Noroeste), CEDAF completed its commitment to UNEP and the Ministry of Environment, delivering a new National Action Program to Combat Desertification and Drought, aligned with the Ten-Year Strategy to Combat Desertification and Drought (2008-2018).

Sustainable alternative for the management of landfill in the municipality of Pedro Santana.

The project directly addresses the link between the prevention of water, air and soil pollution and the inadequate disposal of municipal solid waste. It is based on the management and disposal of environmentally sustainable municipal solid waste with the mobilization of the population and local authorities, specifically in the municipalities Pedro Santana province Elias Piña, to ensure quality of the water from the Artibonite River basin and contribute to the welfare of the inhabitants of both municipalities; as well as the Haitian population living within the water basin. Addressing the root causes of pollution caused by poor management of solid waste to protect the aquifers and their impactful contributions on climate change. As well as the creation of green jobs and income for poor families in the rural population.

Alternative sustainable use of the Palma de Guano in Los Rinconcitos in the Municipality of Comendador.

The Palma de Guano (Coccothrinax spissa), is one of the most important groups of plants for thousands of rural families living in the communities of Comendador, where much of their income is associated with this species.
For decades Los Rinconcitos community, located in the Municipal District of Sabana Larga of Comendador, has been closely linked to the use of Palma de Guano, as this plant has been an important source of income generation to meet their basic needs, unfortunately the plants are not promoted or used sustainably. Leaves are used in the roofing of houses and for the manufacture of various objects such as brooms, mats hats, etc. while the trunks are used for the construction of houses.

Pilot Project for the establishment and management of apiaries in the Municipal District of Guayabo of Comendador.

The project directly addresses the removal of the main factors limiting beekeepers to develop their productive units efficiently. It also focuses on generating jobs and income for poor families in the rural population.

Project to Reduce Biodiversity Loss through the identification of Models of Sustainable Income Generation in Communities Around Los Haitises National Park.

The project was carried out taking into account the “strategic line 2” promoted by the CEPF: “Integrating biodiversity conservation in the planning and implementation of development and landscapes in six conservation corridors,” The actions and expected results correspond to the strategic line 2.4, “Promote sustainable nature-based tourism, agriculture and fisheries to improve connectivity and resilience of ecosystems and promote sustainable livelihoods.”

Project for establishing the baseline and protocols for socio-economic monitoring of the areas impacted by the actions taken by the Fondo Agua Yaque del Norte and the Fondo Agua de Santo Domingo.

In 2013, CEDAF was hired by The Nature Conservancy to develop a socio-economic study on the basin of the Rio Yaque del Norte, in order to build the foundation that would enable the country to establish two funds: Agua de Santo Domingo and Agua Yaque del Norte, which supply water to the two main population centers of the country: the city of Santo Domingo and Santiago. These water funds represent sustainable financial mechanisms to provide ongoing support for both conservation and restoration actions undertaken to protect water producing areas within the watershed. This mechanism has been implemented in different countries in Latin America through the creation of the Latin American Water Funds Partnership (ALFA), under the support of The Nature Conservancy (TNC), the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), FEMSA Foundation, and the Global Environment Facility (GEF).

Project for binational, high value, horticultural crops for product diversity and sustainable local development in the border area of the Dominican Republic and Haiti.

As part of the 10th European Development Fund, particularly the Environmental Component of the Binational Program on the Environment and Sustainable Local Development between the Dominican Republic and Haiti, CEDAF along with the Centre de Santé et de Développement Intégré (CSDI) of Haiti and the Foundation SUSTALDE, a Spanish entity, submitted a project proposal, which was accepted by the European Union, through the Director General of Multilateral Cooperation, and given 505,000 euros. The donation enabled CEDAF and its partners to contribute towards the sustainable and inclusive local development of the border area in the province of Elías Piña (Dominican Republic) and the Central Department (Haiti). Greenhouses were built for the production of high value horticultural crops like tomatoes, cucumbers, peppers, etc. This investment will diversify agricultural activity in the area, generating new sources of income for family farmers.

Pilot Project for Water Replenishment in Microcuenca Mahomita.

This is a cooperative agreement between The Nature Conservancy (TNC) and the Center for Agricultural and Forestry Development (CEDAF) with financing from TNC-Bepensa Dominicana, the aim of this project is to improve the quality of water-producing ecosystems and reduce sediment inputs into reservoirs to ensure users the availability of water in sufficient quantity and quality, before the potential impacts of climate change. While promoting increased forest cover by restoring these ecosystems, with consequent benefit of preserving biological diversity of the country in general and in particular the communities of this watershed. This project involves 200 acres and intervention will largely focus on four main activities: conservation of indigenous forests, reforestation, rehabilitation of coffee plantations and restoration of riparian corridors. These activities will be implemented taking into account the criteria of sustainable development, thus ensuring that future generations have access to a largely unspoiled environment.

Permanent Coordination Forum for Sustainable Management of Soil.

Platform for discussion, deliberation and recommendations for sustainable land management that promotes scientific analysis of the situations concerning the soil quality.

Pilot Project for the Integration of Social Responsibility Clusters Coffee, Mango, Pineapple, Avocado and Oriental Vegetables.

Co-management of Reserva Cientifica Las Neblinas.

Co-operation Biodiversity Park and Socoa Monument.

Coordination of the Dialogue on Forests.

Pilot Project for the Integration of Environmental Dimension in Future Leaders.

Facilitating in the participatory process for the preparation of a Plan of Action for the Implementation of Water Program Payments for Environmental Services (PES) in the basin of the Yaque del Norte river.

Facilitating in the participatory process for the preparation of an Action Plan for the Implementation of a Program of Integral Compensation for Environmental Services (CISA) in the upper basins of the Sabana Yegua Dam.

Study on “Systematization of Experiences on forest management in the Dominican Republic, with emphasis on Financial Mechanisms.” Analysis of 15 Case Studies.

Contribution to the Development of Biotrade in the Dominican Republic.

Study on Dominican Forest Sector Competitiveness.

Study on the economic aspects of the production and transformation of Jatropha and how small and medium agricultural producers in the south of Upper Artibonite River Basin would be affected.

Area of Education.

Bachelor of Ecology and Environmental Management, the Pontificia Universidad Católica Madre y Maestra (PUCMM) or the Instituto Superior de Agricultura (ISA).

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Expert Comments

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  • In the carrying out of the 3R program (Reduce, Reuse, Recycle)
  • CEDAF is a leader in the investigation and promotion of agriculture, bee-keeping and recycling.
  • CEDAF has had a positive impact in the field of recycling (3Rs) in the Dominican Republic.
  • The training program in the use of the 3Rs in the Colonial Zone of Santo Domingo was very successful — thanks to this program an environmental consci . . .ousness was created in all of the different divisions of the neighborhood associations of the Colonial Zone. It worked with the little corner stores and delivery people of the area.
  • They have been pioneers in technical disclosure in environmental and agricultural areas and in programs with genetically modified organisms.

More Expert Comments

  • Leadership: Ms. Heinsen has been the leader of the 3R program and has transmitted and implemented it in many companies and public institutions.
    The l . . .abor being realized by CEDAF has contributed to the generation of a wave of change in the habits of production, consumption and management post-consumption, and in drawing social attention in many cases to this work.
  • CEDAF provides an important forum and resources for all those seeking information regarding agricultura and bee-keeping.
  • CEDAF has an excellent, dedicated staff.
  • Excellent staff.
  • CEDAF has an excellent technical staff.
    They manage their resources in a very transparent manner.
    CEDAF’s Director is very proactive director and will . . .ing to collaborate.

More Expert Comments

  • These programs that have been started must be sustainable in the long term, principally with respect to financial leverage. Additionally, they must . . .be given better attention and support at the state level.
  • It could unite forces with other institutions to promote further the importance of recycling in the Dominican Republic.
  • They would benefit from the expansion of their programming areas.

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