Annual Meeting 2017

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In 2017, the Horticulture Innovation Lab held its annual meeting events in Antigua, Guatemala. The events brought together the program's international team, local horticultural experts, and development practitioners. Events included:

We will continue to update this webpage, with presentations and photos from these events.


The Regional Horticulture Conference was March 6 as part of the Horticulture Innovation Lab's annual meeting, at the Camino Real Hotel in Antigua.

See the complete program (PDF) for original schedule and other details. the program is also available in Spanish (PDF).

Some speakers presented in English and others in Spanish. (Simultaneous translation was provided at the event.)

Speakers at the Regional Horticulture Conference

Welcome and introductions:

Innovative work in Guatemala and Central America

5-Minute Lessons, Round 1

Researchers working with the Horticulture Innovation Lab gave 5-minute talks on a useful lesson from their project, along with a very brief introduction to their project, its partners, and location. Below are the slides from their presentations. Many of these presentations will later be converted into blog posts.

5-Minute Lessons, Round 2



Friday, March 3 – Sunday, March 5: Principal investigators and partners participated in an optional field tour before the annual meeting, to visit farm sites where Horticulture Innovation Lab-supported research or outreach is taking place.

See field tour agenda (PDF) for details. (Spanish field tour agenda also available.)

  • March 3: Visit to Centro de Paz Bárbara Ford in Santa Cruz del Quiche
  • March 4: Farm visits in Nebaj (Tzalbal and Xecoxo)
  • March 5: Chichicastenango market and return to Antigua


Wednesday, March 8 – Thursday, March 9: The Horticulture Innovation Lab's International Advisory Board members met in the days after the annual meeting. Materials for this meeting were sent directly to board members.


The Horticulture Innovation Lab has ongoing projects in Central America related to climate-smart agriculture, drip irrigation, gender empowerment, soil health, nematode management and vegetable grafting. See this poster "How fruit and vegetable research can impact poverty in Central America" (PDF) for more details.

In 2016, the Horticulture Innovation Lab started a new project in Guatemala called MásRiego (“more irrigation”), with a $3.4 million buy-in from the USAID mission in Guatemala.

Also in 2016, the program awarded a nematode-focused project to Brent Sipes of the University of Hawai'i at Manoa focused on integrating soil practices for managing nematodeswith farmers in Guatemala.

The program has an ongoing gender project led by Janelle Larson of The Pennsylvania State University that is focused onempowering women through horticulture.

James Nienhuis of the University of Wisconsin-Madison also leads a project that focuses on vegetable grafting as an entrepreneurial opportunity for smallholder women farmers, which is a spin-off from previous projects focused on seed production and vegetable variety selection.

In 2013 the Horticulture Innovation Lab also conducted an assessment of constraints to horticultural growth in Central America. The results of this assessment were organized into a report called Advancing Horticulture: Assessment of constraints to horticultural sector growth in Central America. Information about the report is available in both Spanish and English.

Since 2012, the Horticulture Innovation Lab has partnered with the Panamerican Agricultural School, Zamorano, with a center in Honduras that serves as a horticultural hub for the region. Find more information about the Horticulture Innovation Lab Regional Center at Zamorano.

You can learn more about the Horticulture Innovation Lab in Central America (PDF) or from the list of current projects below. To learn more about the Horticulture Innovation Lab's recent work in Guatemala specifically, you may want to browse through our recent blog posts related to Guatemala.

Current project in Central America:

Regional Center serving Central America: