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 toward 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, 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 Colombia, where only 3% of farmers plant certified seed. This project aims to improve the potato and Andean tuber production systems of small farmers through 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

In Colombia, the production of native potato seed will be implemented in a "pilot laboratory" managed directly by rural communities, trained in the use of biotechnological tools for phytosanitary cleaning through in vitro tissue culture. It is expected that good quality seed will be continuously available for them, making them less dependent on third parties for their supply.

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

The adoption of agroecological designs by farmers and the incorporation of different strategies in MIPE programs in their crops is expected to result in decreased agrochemical use, 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.


Collection of native potato and Andean tuber materials in Bolivia and Colombia. Currently, in Bolivia there are 56 varieties of native potatoes (Solanum tuberosum), 7 varieties of oca (Oxalis tuberosum), 3 varieties of ruba (Ullucus tuberosus) and 2 varieties of mashua (Tropaeolum tuberosum). In Colombia, 15 varieties of native potatoes (Solanum tuberosum) and 18 varieties of mashua (Tropaeolum tuberosum) were recovered. These tubers were sown in Participatory Research Cores (PRC), where the seed is being multiplied to deliver to farmers and for laboratory tissue culture for phytosanitary cleaning. 1,100 potato seedlings have been delivered to small producers in Bolivia.

Currently, 5 PRC have been established, in which the behavior of these varieties of native potatoes, mashua, vegetables and aromatic plants is being evaluated in agroecological arrangements.

Workshops and field days have been held on issues related to good agricultural practices, monitoring and integrated pest management, morphological and molecular characterization, production of mini-tubers, and the production of biopreparations.

Workshops have been held with producers on self-esteem, collegiate leadership, communication and assertiveness, life project, and identity, among others.

Organizational support has been provided to associations linked to the project (assemblies, statutes, financial and accounting statements).

The Territorial Innovation System was established for potato through which different channels of marketing for native potatoes and potato have been identified with producer organizations and some have been approached.


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