January´s News

  • Two varieties from the International Potato (CIP) breeding program with extreme resistance to Late Blight, a disease which now affects potatoes up to 4000 m.a.s. l. Due to warmer temperatures it is moving up and now affects areas where native potatoes are cultivated. These two varieties have been selected participatively, are highly adapted to local conditions and widely distributed (See photos 1 and 2).
F1 Resitant B1C50039.4

F1 Resitant B1C50039.4

 

F2 Resistant  B1C5003.3

F2 Resistant B1C5003.3

  • With the help of the nutrition laboratory located at CIP farmers have identified local native varieties with high nutrient content which have been multiplied in micro seed plots and re-distributed to families to help mitigate chronic malnutrition.
  • The local seed system has been fortified and made resilient by introducing diversity and reselecting diverse seed such as early varieties, frost tolerant varieties, and by promoting good practices in seed multiplication.
  • A new early lupin variety was introduced and adopted by almost 100% of the farmers although it is mostly a cash crop.
  • Capacity building in good practices for Integrated Pest management and competitions carried out in villages showed that farmers following such practices can have pest free fields, even though higher temperatures make pests more aggressive and able to attack at higher altitudes.
  • Experimentation and use of “puriines”, an easy to produce fermentation product which consists of manure and water and is used as a foliar fertilizer. Works especially well after frosts.
  • Capacity building for cultivated forage grasses.
  • Capacity building for chicken and guinea pig raising to include these in the diet to improve nutrition.

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