Bolivia has been a member of FONTAGRO since 2000 with a contribution of US$ 2.5 million. During 20 years of membership, Bolivia has participated in 36 with a total of US$ 23.4 million of which US$ 6.8 million were contributed by FONTAGRO and other agencies. Bolivian institutions have led 4 for US$ 1.1 million. The projects have covered research and technological development in potatoes, corn, beans, organic agriculture, adaptation to climate change, among others.
Some important results:
- 45 varieties of native potatoes were characterized. Value-added products were developed and promoted such as colored flakes, dried mash, thickened soup flour, creams, sauces, etc.
- The productivity of native potatoes was increased by 20 to 24% through various agronomic management practices.
- Aeroponic cultivation for potato seed was implemented.
- The weevil damage to the potato tuber was reduced up to 74%.
- For the first time in the history of Bolivian agriculture, a group of small producers obtained the registration of the Ministry of Agriculture as producers of clean seed. Five tons of certified clean seed of the Waych’a, Imilla Negra, Imilla blanca and Yungay or Puka Ñawi varieties were produced.
- The diversity of beans and corn was characterized as a basis for the improvement of varieties with high nutritional content.
- A large number of professionals have been trained in the projects, contributing greatly to the national capacity building for agricultural research.
- The platforms increased the efficiency and effectiveness of research and innovation.
- Technical, organizational and institutional strengthening at national and international level.
- Access to partnerships with CIP, CIAT, CIMMYT, ICRAF, Neiker – Spain, IICA – PRODAR, INTA – Argentina, EMBRAPA – Brazil; CORPOICA – Colombia, National University of Colombia, INIA-Venezuela, University of Chile, INIA – Chile, INIAP – Ecuador, INIA – Uruguay, among others. Access to multiple international cooperation networks such as the Latin Potato Network where institutions from more than 11 countries participate at a global level, and the CGIAR.
- FONTAGRO projects generate privileged and free access to technologies, contacts, publications, case studies and international networks.