Since 2003 the CIMS has evolved considerably. With the growth in expectations for companies to source agricultural products more responsibly, to establish more trace-ability and demonstrate positive impacts in their supply chains, CIMS has moved towards advising a greater number of private sector clients. In 2010 these represented approximately 60% of the our work. The remainder of our work continues to be geared towards supporting wider industry initiatives in sustainable agriculture, such as advising a small farmers cooperative called Coope-Sabalo, as well as support of the Foundation for the Promotion of Research and Agrotechnology Transference (FITTACORI), The Costa Rica Coffee National Institute (ICAFE), and The Sustainable Pineapple Platform in Costa Rica. We also pursue and self-fund research that we believe to be an important contribution to the understanding of sustainable agriculture. Our recent study with University of California (UC Davis) on the correlation between biodiversity and farm productivity is one such example.
Please see the section on clients and partners for more information.