Diffusion of bio-inputs for the sustainable production of vegetables in the Andes

Call for Proposals
USD 40.000
Counterpart Amount:
USD 49.000
Execution time
18 Months
Total Amount:
USD 89.000
Participating countries:
Bolivia Bolivia Colombia Colombia
Funding source:
FONTAGRO Amount 45% Other agencies 0% Counterpart Amount 55%

Executive Summary

The Andean region is characterized by a great diversity of ecosystems with different climatic and geomorphological conditions that have generated great genetic diversity. These ecosystems are being degraded by the excessive use of agrochemicals, creating alterations to the environment and human health. The scarcity of resources of the Andean producers, the high levels of poverty (90 to 95%) and the low level of education (no more than third or fourth year of school) are the main restrictions to explore new production alternatives. Based on this problem, years ago FONTAGRO financed the project FTG-7075/07 - "Development of bio-inputs for sustainable vegetable production with small farmers for food sovereignty in the Andes" that generated strains and protocols to identify and use beneficial microorganisms as biocontrollers, biofertilizers, and inoculants for the production of vegetables in the Andean region. The objective of this project was to document and disseminate the knowledge and impacts of the previous project through documentation, workshops, courses, manuals, conferences and articles.

The technological solution

Dissemination of information on the development and use of biofertilizers, biofungicides, biopesticides and growth promoters with the potential to replace the traditional ones generated by chemical synthesis. Most of these products can be produced locally by communities or small specialized companies.


  • Up to 20% increase in yield from the use of biofertilizers and biopesticides in onion, potato, lettuce, tomato, corn and quinoa.
  • 20 protocols for the evaluation, isolation, reproduction of microorganisms beneficial for agriculture.
  • Disclosure brochures on the management and use of Efficient Microorganisms.
  • 7 scientific articles.


  • 200 families in the intervention zone.
  • 150 technicians in workshops in the preparation and use of bio-inputs.

Sustainable Development Goals

No poverty Zero Hunger Responsible consumption and production Partnerships for the goals

Main donors

Participating Organizations

  • Fundación para la Promoción e Investigación de Productos Andinos (PROINPA) - Bolivia
  • Corporación para el Desarrollo Participativo y Sostenible de los Pequeños Productores Rurales (PBA) - Colombia

Graphics and data

Financing by country (in USD)
FONTAGRO Amount Other agencies Counterpart Amount

Geolocated Map


Project leader Bolivia

Noel Ortuño Castro

Project leader

Omar Ortua Ramos


Mercy Rojas Moreno


Gian Quispe


Mayra Claros Magnus


Oscar Navia


Victor Alvarez


Marlene Angulo

With the support of
Fondo Coreano de Alianza para el Conocimiento en Tecnología e Innovación (KPK)