Servicios de Post-Cosecha

Partnership period: May 2016 – August 2018

Country: Guatemala

ACHIEVEMENTS: A total of 4,369 producers (mostly youth) accessed improved potato seed to increase their productivity and incomes.

PURPOSE: Increase the use of certified seed by the country’s smallholder farmers. Guatemala is Central America’s largest producer of potatoes, yet only 5 percent of these farmers use certified seed.

APPROACH: The program partnership provided a market opportunity for Servicios de Post-Cosecha to introduce new varieties sold under its Papais brand. Servicios de Post-Cosecha, with technical support from the International Potato Center (CIP), established a laboratory, nursery, and greenhouse to produce certified seed in the Western Highlands. Servicios de Post-Cosecha and local partners Dayco and the Asociación de Organizaciones de los Cuchumatanes also recruited and trained seed outgrowers to grow certified seed and establish direct market access to buyers of the improved seed.