Southern Mexico is home to many rural small-scale farmers who are producing high-quality agricultural products such as coffee, milk and handmade cheeses. These local and regional producers often work without access to or knowledge of the technologies that can help them stay competitive in a regional or global context.

Western Illinois University worked with Universidad Tecnológica de la Selva (UTS) and Universidad Autónoma de Querétaro (UAQ) to strengthen the capacity of small-scale producers in southern Mexico and Chiapas.

The dynamic partnership training programs offered through UTS’s Center for Rural Development (CDR) strengthened support organizations and agencies, fostered professional development, prepared agribusiness students for careers in a global economy, stimulated private and non-profit development, and enhanced small-scale producers’ ability to penetrate global markets. Visit for more information.

UTS faculty—including junior faculty members who either completed their master's program at WIU or participated in a short-term exchange program at the U.S. institution—will use their training to address common concerns and advance Mexico’s competitiveness in the global market.


At a Glance

Partner Institutions:

Western Illinois University; Universidad Autónoma de Querétaro; Universidad Tecnológica de la Selva


Latin America & the Caribbean


Oct 2006–Aug 2012

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