Latin America

Horticulture Innovation Lab in Central America

How Fruit and Vegetable Research Can Impact Poverty in Central America - Map with descriptions of projects in Guatemala and Honduras
Flyer about the Horticulture Innovation Lab's work in Central America in 2017, download PDF to print: horticulture-innovation-lab-central-america_0.pdf

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.

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.

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.

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.

Guillermo Alvarado-Downing

  • Past board member
Guillermo Alvarado-Downing served as the Minister of Agriculture and Livestock of Honduras, and currently owns a fruit and vegetable farm.

Empowering Young Horticulture Researchers in Honduras

Led by Julio López Montes,
A fellowship-oriented program that provides seed funding to higher-education students in Honduras to conduct small-scale research projects across the horticulture value chain. Students will be guided through a grant drafting and submission training program to increase capacity in applying for funding. Awarded applications will receive funding and expertise to implement research projects.

José Salvador Vega Prado Leiva

  • Principal Investigator
  • Acceso
Mr. Vega Prado is a professional with 18+ years of experience in the Central American region managing international cooperation funds and providing technical assistance to public, financial, academic, and private sector entities