Photo by Sarah Caroline Mueller

Photo by Sarah Caroline Mueller

Semilla nueva

IMPROVED INPUTS & PRODUCTION

Partnership Period: February 2019 – January 2021

Country: Guatemala

ACHIEVEMENTS: Semilla Nueva aims to sell biofortified maize seed to 4,000 smallholder farmers in Guatemala.

PURPOSE: Commercialize biofortified maize seed to increase maize yields and help reduce the high rates of malnutrition and stunting in Guatemala.

APPROACH: Semilla Nueva will increase sales of Fortaleza F3, its biofortified maize seed, to improve maize yields by up to 10 percent. In the short-term, higher yields will contribute to increased incomes for farmers. In the long-term, the improved maize seed, which contains 2.5 times the protein and almost 40 percent more zinc than traditional varieties, will reduce malnutrition and stunting. Working through existing agrodealer networks, Semilla Nueva will manage demonstration plots and host field days to increase demand for Fortaleza F3 seed among farmers. They will also increase awareness of this new variety among buyers, traders, and processors to expand market demand of harvested Fortaleza F3 maize.