Chile has great comparative advantages in agricultural, livestock and forestry production, because of the diversity of climates, the exceptional natural sanitary conditions and high standards of quality and safety. Also, because it is located in the southern hemisphere, its agricultural production is counter-season for the main consumer markets, especially for fruit production. Production of grapes, avocados, cherries, almonds, walnuts and berries are known worldwide. However, the rapid scientific and technological progresses pose new challenges to the fruit sector, which needs to improve their level of competitiveness. In this presentation I show an overview of the fruit sector in Chile including production, strength and challenges.
Alvaro Reyes studied Agricultural Engineering with a specialization in Agricultural Economy at the Pontifical Catholic University of Chile. Based on his interest on economy, he studied a Master of Science in Engineering, mention management and economy at the same university.
In 2000, he worked in the National Fruit Growers Federation of Chile as manager of fruit research development projects. In this capacity, he submitted to public agencies over 40 research development projects elaborated in conjunction with universities and other public and private research institutions. In 2003 he was appointed as professor and director of the Agricultural Department at the Universidad Santo Tomas in Santiago, Chile.
Reyes joined the Development Economics Group of Wageningen University in September 2005 as a PhD student. During the period as PhD student, he has successfully completed the training program of WASS.