Participatory Market Chains and Stakeholder Platforms: The Papa Andina Strategy
Native potato grow better in the highest altitude of the Andes, where small demi- commercial farmers predominate. These farmers possess a deep knowledge of native potatoes and the most suitable cultivation methods for them in their native environment. Native potatoes do not grow as well at lower altitudes, where more commercially- oriented farmerrs grow moden varieties and employ more industrial inputs.
Papa Andina is a regional initiative hosted by the International Potato Center that promotes pro-poor innovation for development in Andean potato- based production and marketing systems in Bolivia, Ecuador and Peru. With this national partners, Papa Andina seeks to contribute to poverty reduction by strengthening the capacity of small farmers to participate more effectively in the markets for potatoes and potato- based products and by facilitating the creation of new market opportunities for their potatos.