2017 Annual Meeting

When: March 3-9, 2017
Where: Antigua, Guatemala

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:

  • Regional Horticulture Conference (March 6)
  • Workday (March 7)
  • Field tour (March 3-5)
  • International Advisory Board meeting (March 8-9)

5-Minute Lessons

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 have also been converted into blog posts.


Presentations at the Regional Horticulture Conference in Guatemala

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

  • Meagan Terry, Horticulture Innovation Lab
  • Harry Kriz, Deputy Director, USAID/Guatemala 
  • Lic. Raúl Hernández Figueroa, Advisor, Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Nutrition of Guatemala
  • Guillermo Alvarado, Honduras, Horticulture Innovation Lab advisory board

Innovative work in Guatemala and Central America

Projects Workday

Tuesday, March 7, was a workday for Horticulture Innovation Lab researchers who are currently funded by the program. See the workday agenda (PDF) for details. Select presentations:


Field tour agenda
Field tour agenda

As part of the Horticulture Innovation Lab's annual meeting, researchers participated in a field tour on March 3-5 and also an internal workday on March 7.

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.