Seed fund
USD 15.000
Counterpart Amount:
USD 129.749
Execution time
12 Months
Total Amount:
USD 144.749
Participating countries:
Panama Panama Colombia Colombia Honduras Honduras Nicaragua Nicaragua Brazil Brazil Guatemala Guatemala The Savior The Savior
Funding source:
FONTAGRO Amount 10% Other agencies 0% Counterpart Amount 90%

Executive Summary

Approximately 53 million people suffer from malnutrition in Latin America and the Caribbean. Consequences include low birth weight and anemia. Biofortification enhances the nutrient content in crops through conventional breeding practices, addressing deficiencies in iron, zinc, and vitamin A in the human body. Biofortified crops exhibit improved agronomic characteristics and provide higher levels of micronutrients compared to conventional crops. Biofortified beans, for instance, supply over 50% of the average estimated requirement for children aged 4 to 6 and non-pregnant women of childbearing age. However, broader dissemination of biofortified varieties in the region is necessary to meet the expectations of this technology. Collaboration among professionals and researchers from agricultural institutions will strengthen the value chain of biofortified beans, aiming to ensure food and nutritional security in the region.

The technological solution

A regional platform designed to strengthen the value chain of biofortified beans in indigenous communities and among farmers in Latin America and the Caribbean. The platform will facilitate the exchange of knowledge and successful experiences among research institutions and national and international public-private partnerships to promote the production and consumption of biofortified beans.


Conduct a workshop to establish a regional platform to strengthen the value chain of biofortified beans in Latin America and the Caribbean.

Document the state of new technologies related to biofortified beans and their value chain.


150 researchers from the region.

Sustainable Development Goals

No poverty Zero Hunger Good health and well-being Partnerships for the goals

Main donors

Participating Organizations

  • Instituto de Innovación Agropecuaria de Panamá (IDIAP) - Panamá
  • Instituto Nicaragüense de Tecnología Agropecuaria (INTA) - Nicaragua
  • Dirección de Ciencia y Tecnología Agropecuaria (DICTA) - Honduras
  • Corporación Colombiana de Investigación Agropecuaria (AGROSAVIA) - Colombia
  • Empresa Brasileña de Investigación Agropecuaria (EMBRAPA) - Brasil
  • Centro Nacional de Tecnología Agropecuaria y Forestal (CENTA) - El Salvador
  • Instituto de Ciencia y Tecnología Agrícolas (ICTA) - Guatemala

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Dissemination products

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