Healthy and Sustainable Horticulture Production in the Central Andes

Horticultural production in mid-altitude Andean valleys uses substantial amounts of highly hazardous and mutagenic pesticides. But, it is a growing source of income for farm families and fresh vegetables for metropolitan markets. Preliminary research funded by the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) assessed the livelihood needs of farmers and conducted a baseline survey in three metropolitan areas: Cochabamba (Bolivia), Huancayo (Peru) and Pillaro (Ecuador).

This grant will allow the project, nicknamed "Hortisana," to will analyze the relationship between current horticultural practices, producer livelihoods and health indicators (general health, pesticide-related symptoms and dietary diversity, including vegetable consumption); assess the feasibility of alternative production systems in collaboration with small-scale farmers; document current markets for alternative horticultural inputs and safer vegetables (outputs); and work with producer organizations, governments and other social actors to strengthen their role in the process.

The idea is to promote safer and more sustainable production, greater consumption of safer vegetables, and improved livelihood and health for small-scale vegetable-producing families.

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Start Date

Thursday, December 18, 2008

End Date

Thursday, March 31, 2011


24 months

IDRC Officer

Sanchez-Bain, Walter Andres

Total funding

CA$ 634,400


North and Central America, South America


Food, Environment, and Health

Project Leader

Dr. Gordon Prain

Project Leader

Donald Cole


International Potato Center

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