Guillermo Alvarado-Downing served as the Minister of Agriculture and Livestock of Honduras during the post-Hurricane Mitch recovery period (1999-2002), and is currently the owner of a small fruit and vegetable farm in Comayagua, Honduras. Currently he is also the Central American Advisor for Market Development Initiatives for GOAL Global. He served more than 5 years as the executive director of the Regional Animal and Plant Health Organization for Central America, Mexico and Dominican Republic (OIRSA), and when Minister of Agriculture served as Vice-President of the Board of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD). Over the course of his career, he served as an agricultural and rural development professional in several capacities: recently with the project for development of fruit industries in Central America and Dominican Republic (PROMEFRUT II-INCAP), previously with Banco Central de Honduras (BCH), the Inter-American Institute for Cooperation in Agriculture (IICA), and the Millennium Challenge Account in Honduras as Project Director. He worked for USAID/Honduras on several projects related to policy, rural development, private sector development, and food aid management. He also served as advisor or member to several private sector organizations: the Honduran Federation of Ag Exporters (FPX), Honduran National Association of Industry (ANDI), and the Honduran and Central American associations of poultry producers (ANAVIH and FEDAVICAC). He is a graduate of the Pan-American Agricultural School, Zamorano, and holds bachelor's and master's degrees from the University of Florida in Agriculture and Food & Resource Economics.
Horticulture Innovation Lab partners gathered this time in Cambodia to share achievements, exchange ideas, and scheme about their next steps in advancing horticultural science and helping smallholder farmers in developing countries.