Servicios de Post-Cosecha

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Guatemala is Central America's largest producer of potatoes yet only 5 percent of farmers use certified seed, providing a market opportunity for Post-Cosecha to introduce new varieties sold under its Papais brand. Post-Cosecha, with technical support from the International Potato Center (CIP), will establish a laboratory, nursery, and greenhouse to produce certified seed in the Western Highlands. Additionally, Post-Cosecha and local partners Dayco and Asociación de Organizaciones de los Cucuhmatanes (ASOCUCH) will recruit and train seed outgrowers to grow certified seed and will establish direct market access to buyers of the improved seed. Post-Cosecha will also establish a permanent potato seed laboratory in the Western Highlands.

Outcome: Servicios de Post-Cosecha will improve access to quality potato seed to more than 1,400 producers, mostly youth, which will increase productivity and incomes.

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