- Country: Guatemala
- Award period: June 2015 - July 2017
- Website: http://www.popoyan.com
With key export markets requiring reductions in the use of agrochemicals, there is a growing demand for biological solutions. In addition, demand for alternatives to traditional pesticides is growing since chemical pest products are becoming less effective, are damaging soil health, and are dangerous for humans if used incorrectly. To address the growing interest in biologicals, Popoyán, a leading agriculture input supplier, is scaling up production, marketing, and sales of beneficial insects and biological pest control products.
Outcome: More than 3,000 smallholder farmers will be trained in integrated pest management, more than 1,000 hectares of land will be under organic pest management in the western highlands, and demand for biologicals among smallholders will stimulate sales of $130,000 worth of products.