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Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Collaborative Research on Horticulture

Semillas de Esperanza: Vegetable Seeds for Sustainable Agriculture

Target Countries: El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua

Principal Investigator: James Nienhuis; University of Wisconsin-Madison


Project Description (Project builds on completed Immediate Impact Project)

Acute poverty and meager economic opportunities exist in many rural regions of Central America. Vegetable and seed production are technology driven economic activities that can significantly contribute to economic growth in communities and families and specifically provide new opportunities that contribute to the economic empowerment of women. The factors limiting this horticultural transformation are access to:

Cultivars developed by the World Vegetable Center (AVRDC) have demonstrated tolerance to diseases endemic to Central America. Quality seed can be produced in the tropics in screen houses. The UW Center for International Business Education and Research (CIBER) is a small business incubator. Hortifruti is the dominant regional purchaser, distributor and marketer of vegetables. The supply chain benefits include:

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