Knowledge transfer on Plasticulture

To support this goal, the Armando Alvarez Group created alongside the University the project of the same name, EARTH.

About Earth University

The Escuela de Agronomía de la Región Tropical Húmeda (School of Agronomy for the Humid Tropical Region, EARTH) was founded in Costa Rica in 1896 with the solid aim to train specialised agricultural engineers in the region. Close to one hundred students graduate every year under the slogan “learning by doing”. They have all acquired values in social and environmental sustainability.


Sustainable Development Goals


Sustainable Development Goals

How does the
Armando Alvarez Group

collaborate with the University on the EARTH Project?


Knowledge transfer

We regularly organise training workshops on good plasticulture practises for the entire EARTH community. We explain the advantages of using plastic film in agriculture and we promote its proper use and collection after use, with special emphasis on our sustainable ranges.


Assistance with physical teaching materials

We send samples of various products used in plasticulture to back the theory and to improve students’ comprehension of the different features of each product.


Donation of material for on-site application

We contribute with material that is particular to the field tests that the students perform in the areas where specific projects are developed within the university itself, and particular to the various subjects that are the basis for their learning. This is our contribution to the University’s slogan “learning by doing”.


Good practises

We have an international team that presents actual case studies of agricultural plastics in the field. They also share crop data focusing on the different geographical areas. This know-how is the product of many years of work and research, which is shared with the attendees so that they can apply it immediately in real-life situations at their jobs.

The Armando Alvarez Group not only shared its knowledge with students and teachers, but also by donating its products it allows students to perform tests and to “learn by doing”, a core strategy of EARTH University. This knowledge of the environment and the market, as well as the advantages of plasticulture, contribute to creating professionals who have critical thinking and useful tools for their future career

Luis E. Gillen Brenes

Integrated Waste Management Professor

(…) The workshops were very useful, as they raised awareness on potential problems that we may face by using plastic in our agricultural fields. I found it very interesting to see that the plastic used for plasticulture is not single-use and that it can be broken down or recycled by means of technology that will allow it to be used to manufacture new plastic
Luis Manuel Ramírez

Dominican Republic, Student Graduating Class of 2021

Awareness by producers and field technicians regarding the use of plastic in agriculture and the array of applications and advantages that this technology can provide is still quite scarce as a whole. The initiative by the Armando Alvarez Group and Costa Rica’s EARTH University opens up an additional training path on plasticulture for future agronomists and agricultural technicians
Borja Devis


EARTH University, in its search for solutions that adapt to climate change in the tropics, has found a strategic partner in the Armando Alvarez Group. With the help of experienced technicians and the University’s academic program (…) we hope to develop solutions for the most underprivileged production areas, with innovative and adapted products
Alex Pacheco, PhD

Natural Resources and Controlled Agriculture Professor

I thought that the courses were very comprehensive, firstly because they explained the principles and purposes of this technique. They were very useful while I was working with strawberry growers, who are building new structures for their crops, where we analysed the materials for these structures. Having this knowledge (that was taught in these workshops) allowed me to guide the decision-making process. This is a very interesting subject, on which there is not always updated information available
Debby Catalina Meléndez Castro

Costa Rica, Student Graduating Class of 2021

(…) What I found most interesting and useful for my career as an agricultural engineer is the difference in the plastics used on the ground and how beneficial they are for future decisions. I am already applying (this knowledge) because I am working with a company that has endless greenhouses for the production and marketing of ornamental plants
Carla Calixta Calva Jiménez

Ecuador, Student Graduating Class of 2021

The plasticulture courses were top quality and they helped us to see their applications in different fields (…). They are very useful in agronomy because we work with this type of material every day, and it is important to know its uses so we can make better decisions based on where this material can be used and how to prevent waste
Luz Dency Otálvaro Mejía

Colombia, Student Graduating Class of 2021

The material covered in the course was quite interesting, because it was presented by people who are very knowledgeable on the matter (…). They helped me to understand the concepts and techniques that can be applied (…), the types of plastic, benefits of the product… They also gave us some samples of the different types of plastic so we could see what they were like, and I really enjoyed having widely experienced specialists
Fernando Gómez Gómez

México, Student Graduating Class of 2021

Our Group continues to seek new alliances with universities around the world in order to contribute to knowledge transfer and to directly and efficiently help train the professionals who will be working in the constantly-evolving agricultural sector

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