This report gives a narrative, the objectives, the key partner roles, and the indicators of the project.
Viral diseases are the principal limitation to sustainable and profitable production of tomatoes and
peppers for most small farmers in Central America. This project identified tomato lines that are virus-resistant with quality characteristics desirable for marketing. The lines were evaluated in on‐farm field trials in collaboration with local community leaders for resistance to two of the most important production constraints in Central America, whitefly‐transmitted begomoviruses (tomato) and anthracnose (pepper). Field days were organized at each location with local growers, women’s groups, and community leaders. A regional science‐based workshop was organized at the University of Zamorano in Honduras with participation of cooperators from each country.
However, it was cost prohibitive to import improved seed into Central American countries. The project evolved into a second phase, "Semillas de Esperanza," that aimed to produce seed in each target country.