Strengthening chains lulo and blackberry

Call for Proposals
USD 478.555
Counterpart Amount:
USD 494.800
Execution time
36 Months
Total Amount:
USD 973.355
Participating countries:
Colombia Colombia Ecuador Ecuador
Funding source:
FONTAGRO Amount 49% Other agencies 0% Counterpart Amount 51%

Executive Summary

The naranjilla or lulo (Solanum quitoense Lam.) is a plant native from the humid forests of the Andes of South America, specifically Colombia, Ecuador and Peru. Lulo is a crop for popular consumption and of great economic importance, becoming the second most cultivated species after bananas in Ecuador, despite the fact that it has not reached its potential technological development. The mora - blackberry - (Rubus glaucus Benth), is a socially important fruit because many farmers depend economically on its cultivation. It has good acceptance in the market for consumption in fresh and processed.

These crops have great economic potential for their high profitability and good acceptance in the market. Despite being important crops, the research carried out has been limited. The objective of the project was to optimize lulo and blackberry productivity and quality to strengthen value chains, improve growers' incomes, and protect the environment, through elite material selection and integrated crop management. Its development focused on the following specific objectives: (1) With the participation of farmers, trading companies, and processors, select elite lulo and blackberry materials, with criteria of adaptability, disease resistance, productivity, and market acceptance. (2) Characterize germplasm collections by genetic variability and resistance to major pests and diseases. (3) Develop and evaluate biocontrol strategies for the most important pests and diseases. (4) Evaluate the behavior, quality and profitability of the selected elite clones, under different production systems aimed at different markets. (5) Strengthen the capacity of farmers and technicians in the integrated management of blackberry and lulo crops and develop capacities for innovation in the actors of the production chains. (6) Establish and strengthen innovation systems for the development of blackberry and lulo crops in Colombia and Ecuador.

The technological solution

Strengthening of lulo and blackberry value chains through participatory selection and evaluation of genetic diversity, development and use of technologies for the integrated management of crops, including all stakeholders in the production chain: producers, marketers, agribusiness, researchers and technicians.


  • 71 blackberry accessions and 43 lulo materials characterized in Colombia
  • 108 blackberry accessions and 100 inter-specific lulo hybrids characterized in Ecuador
  • 1 variety of lulo INIAP- Quitoense 2009 resistant to the main diseases
  • Biological controllers and antagonists for various pests and diseases
  • 33 training events and dissemination of results


1713 producers of lulo and blackberry from Ecuador and Colombia

Sustainable Development Goals

Responsible consumption and production Partnerships for the goals

Main donors

Participating Organizations

  • International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT) - Colombia
  • AGROSUR - Colombia
  • Corporación Colombiana de Investigación Agropecuaria (CORPOICA) - Colombia
  • Instituto Nacional de Investigaciones Agropecuarias (INIAP) - Ecuador
  • Universidad Nacional de Colombia (UNAL) - Colombia
  • UNISARC - Colombia

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

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