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Zamorano University

Partnership period: April 2015 – June 2017

Country: Honduras

ACHIEVEMENTS: Zamorano sold 10,400 doses of NemaPower to smallholder farmers during the program partnership through its relationship with small producers and four commercial distributors.

PURPOSE: Produce beneficial nematodes to control insect infestations in select horticultural crops.

APPROACH: Because of the Partnering for Innovation-supported scale-up of its biocontrol laboratory, Zamorano can produce and sell 20 times as many doses of beneficial nematodes now than it could in 2015. Known as NemaPower, this product costs less than pesticides and reduces infestations by as much as 98 percent in six months. Zamorano created a multistep training program for farmers and leveraged relationships with local cooperatives and businesses that could act as distributors. It also partnered with Walmart to train Walmart’s technicians in using NemaPower. Now Walmart orders pest control products from Zamorano’s distributors and trains its outgrowers.V