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Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Collaborative Research on Horticulture

photo: tunnels in a field

Macro tunnels have been installed at the Regional Center at Zamorano.

 

photo: drip hose with ties in it going down field row of plants

A new drip irrigation system has been equipped with a solar pump.

 

photo: men with shovel standing beside net structure that is taller than they are in field

This large mesh house is one way to protect against psyllids.

 

Horticulture Innovation Lab Regional Center at Zamorano

The Horticulture Innovation Lab Regional Center at Zamorano networks researchers, extension workers and members of the private sector as a repository for horticultural technologies and knowledge. The center provides training programs, facilitates the evaluation and adaption of horticultural technologies, and develops mechanisms for sharing ideas within and across borders.

The center is located at the Panamerican Agricultural School, Zamorano, in Honduras.

The center works with national agriculture research and extension systems such as the Honduran Agricultural Research Foundation (FHIA), agricultural universities throughout Latin America and the Caribbean, non-governmental organizations and the private sector to provide ongoing training for the local horticultural industry. The Regional Center at Zamorano draws on local experts to support the technical and educational needs of producers in the region.

See the Regional Center at Zamorano fact sheet for more details.

Spanish versions of this basic sheet are also available, called Centro Regional de Innovación para las Hortalizas y Frutas de Zamorano or as a tri-fold brochure.

Technologies at the center

The center includes adaptations and demonstrations of horticultural technologies. Some of the technologies that have been set up at the Regional Center at Zamorano:

The center is also working on a new design for a retractable tunnel that can be opened and closed to more precisely regulate temperature during the hot and humid summers that are so common throughout Central America.

For more information about technologies tested, adapted and promoted by the Horticulture Innovation Lab, see our technology fact sheets — available in English and Spanish, including:

Inauguration

The inauguration of this center was held Sept. 28, 2012 (at which time, it was called the "Horticulture CRSP Regional Center of Innovation at Zamorano"). Several distinguished guests attended and delivered remarks, including the Honduran Minister of Agriculture and the Zamorano Rector. View presentations and other event highlights from the inauguration.

More about the Regional Centers

The Horticulture Innovation Lab Regional Center at Zamorano is the second of such centers opened by the Horticulture Innovation Lab. Find out more about the Horticulture Innovation Lab's Regional Centers.

More about the Horticulture Innovation Lab in Central America

Find out more about the Horticulture Innovation Lab's projects in Central America (pdf) and about the program's partners throughout Latin America.