Jose Zapata Gomez, Director of the Organic Certification Service, Ministry of Agriculture, Dominican Republic
Jose Zapata Gomez was born in Loma de Cabrera city, Dajabon province, Dominican Republic, in the border with Haiti in 1963. In 1984 graduated in San Ignacio of Loyola Agronomical Institute with a Bachellor of Agriculture. In 2000 he graduated as an engineer on agriculture in the Technological University of the Cibao (UCATECI). Since 1984 he has worked in the ministry of agriculture in different positions and is currently the Director of the Organic Public Certification Service since 2017. Jose Zapata has participated in several training courses in Costa Rica, Japan, and China on organic farming and certification.