Call for Proposals
USD 200.000
Counterpart Amount:
USD 523.043
Execution time
42 Months
Total Amount:
USD 723.043
Participating countries:
Colombia Colombia Bolivia Bolivia
Funding source:
FONTAGRO Amount 28% Other agencies 0% Counterpart Amount 72%

Executive Summary

Family agriculture is a key productive sector to eradicate hunger and propose changes towards more sustainable agricultural systems. In Latin America, 80% of farms belong to family farming, including more than 60 million people, making it the main source of agricultural and rural employment. Within family farming in the high Andean regions, Andean tubers such as potatoes (Solanum tuberosum), smooth potatoes or ruba (Ullucus tuberosus), oca or ibia (Oxalis tuberosa) and cubio or mashua (Tropaeolum tuberosum) are essential for food security for being an accessible source of calories, vitamins, antioxidants and minerals. One of the difficulties that the cultivation of Andean roots and tubers presents in countries like Bolivia and Colombia, is the low yield, particularly of the traditional varieties. One of the fundamental causes of this low yield in terms of quantity and quality of the product obtained is the poor quality of the seed used. On average, in Bolivia, only 1% of small farmers use quality potato seed, a figure very similar to that of Colombia, a country in which only 3% of farmers plant certified seed. This project aims to improve the production system of potato and Andean tubers of small farmers through the use of good genetic and phytosanitary seed quality, integrated agroecological management of pests in family agricultural production units, and organizational and business strengthening of producer families.

The technological solution

This project seeks to improve the production system of potato and Andean tubers of small producers, through the use of seed of good genetic and phytosanitary quality. In Colombia, the production of native potato seed will be implemented in a "pilot laboratory" managed directly by peasant communities, trained in the use of biotechnological tools for phytosanitary cleaning through in vitro tissue culture. In this way it is expected that good quality seed is available continuously for them, making them less dependent on third parties for their supply. 

In Bolivia, the cleaning of the seed through tissue culture in vitro, will be in charge of the Universidad Mayor de San Simón, who in association with the municipality of Sacaba, will be responsible for the continuous supply of seed to farmers in the area.

Likewise, with this project it is expected that with the adoption by farmers of agroecological designs and the incorporation of different strategies in MIPE programs in their crops, the use of agrochemicals will decrease, which will have a positive impact on the environmental and economic sustainability of crops. It is also hoped to strengthen the community, association and organizational fabric of the families participating in the project.


  • Potato seed and Andean tubers of good genetic and phytosanitary quality available and affordable for families of small potato producers in Bolivia and Colombia, with which it is hoped to improve the yield and quality of these tubers.
  • Adoption of MIPE strategies in potato and Andean tuber crops that will have a positive impact on the environmental sustainability of crops, due to the decrease in the use of agrochemicals.
  • Appropriation of processes and projects by the communities, which will allow them to lead them collectively, adapting to the changing conditions of the environment and markets.
  • Increase in the income of producer families as a result of higher crop yields, lower production costs and access to new markets.


In Colombia we will work with small producers of potato and Andean tubers in the departments of Boyacá and Cundinamarca, organized in 3 associations. These associations will directly benefit 161 families and indirectly 308 families. It is also expected that at least 20 families of small producers who are not currently under any organizational system will benefit.

In Bolivia,  work will be carried out with small farmers in the municipality of Sacaba, where 70 families will benefit directly and 150 families indirectly.

Sustainable Development Goals

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

Main donors

Participating Organizations

  • Pontificia Universidad Javeriana (PUJ) - Colombia
  • Corporación para el Desarrollo Participativo y Sostenible de los Pequeños Productores Rurales (PBA) - Colombia
  • Universidad Mayor de San Simón (UMSS) - Bolivia
  • Gobierno Autónomo Municipal de Sacaba (Municipio de Sacaba) - Bolivia
  • Asociación campesina no nacional de trabajadores de la veredad Alizal, municipio de Carmen de Carupa (Asoagroalizal) - Colombia
  • Cooperativa Integral Agropecuaria de Colombia (COINPACOL) - Colombia
  • Cooperativa Integral de Productores de Papa de Ventaquemada (COOINPAVEN) - Colombia

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