Peru became a member of FONTAGRO in 2000 with a contribution of US$ 2.5 million. During the 20 years of membership, Peru has participated in 39 consortiums for a total amount of US$ 34.4 million, of which US$ 12.6 million were contributed by FONTAGRO and other agencies. Peru has led 11 consortiums for US$ 7.0 million.The projects in which Peru has participated included research and technological development on adaptation to climate change, potatoes, sweet potatoes, corn, beans, amazonian fruit trees, Solanaceae, among others.
Some important results are:
- Release of the sweet potato variety “Huambachero”: 40 % more productive, adopted in 70% of the national surface.
- Development of animal feeding systems with sweet potato foliage, technology adopted in China, Vietnam and African countries.
- Characterization of Amazonian fruit trees (camu-camu, copuazú and pijuayo) and their value chains.
- Creation of the Latin Papa Network (13 institutions in 11 countries, germplasm exchange and knowledge to improve crop productivity).
- Strengthening of peasant organizations to add value to potatoes and improve the price. Technical and organizational training for more than 1800 peasant families.
- Identification of 520 clones of native potatoes with disease resistance and agronomic and industrial characterization of 314 clones.
- Development of phenological models of potato pests due to climate change, which have been used in Asia and Africa.
- Platforms increased the efficiency and effectiveness of research and innovation skills, strengthening the capabilities of researchers.
- Technical, organizational and institutional strengthening at national and international level.
- Access to alliances for projects with CIP, International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT), International Center for the Improvement of Corn and Wheat (CIMMYT), International Center for Agriculture of Arid Zones (ICARDA), Graduate College (Chapingo, Mexico ), Oregon State University (USA), Bioversity International, INTA of Argentina, INIA of Uruguay, EMBRAPA of Brazil, among the most important.
- FONTAGRO projects generate privileged and free access to technologies, contacts, publications, case studies and international networks.