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

Use of good agricultural practices and productive linkages that impact the conservation, valorization, improvement of the yield and environmental sustainability of potato and  Andean root crops. Mainly, the use of good quality seed and agro-ecological techniques for integrated pest management in family production units.


  • Capacitar al menos a 120 pequeños agricultores en técnicas agroecológicas para el manejo del cultivo de papa y de otros tubérculos y raíces andinas; y en métodos de conservación y uso de semilla.
  • Fortalecer los procesos organizativos y de emprendimiento de al menos el 40 % de las comunidades en las zonas de intervención del proyecto.
  • Implementar un laboratorio de semillas en cada región.


120 farmers in each region.

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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Financing by country
FONTAGRO Amount Other agencies Counterpart Amount

Publications and resources

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