The Tropical Agricultural Research and Higher Education Center (CATIE, for its acronym in Spanish) is devoted to agricultural research and education in Latin America. CATIE's genebank currently holds important collections on diverse crops, such as coffee, cacao, peach palm, cucurbitas, tomato and chilli. CATIE has a mandate to conserve the genetic resources relevant to mesoamerica.
Coffee, cacao and peach palm are conserved in a field collection, whereas horticultural crops are conserved in CATIE's cold chamber. CATIE's collections are part of the International Treaty for Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture, and are therefore available to users.
Safety duplications have been made to the Svalbard Global Seed Vault (horticultural crops and legumes, mainly), the National Center for Genetic Resources Preservation in Fort Collins - Colorado (coffee seeds under cryopreservation), WorldVeg (horticultural crops), CIAT (beans and cassava), and IITA (yam).