Experience exchange is key for small holder farmers
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Published on 27 June 2011

One hundred and sixty representatives of Jutiapa P4P exchanged technical information with agricultural experts at demonstration plots.

P4P is providing an agriculture technology package, which includes the exchange of experiences between agriculture and commercial technicians and representatives of P4P organizations

Despite losing all their crops last year due to torrential rains, Juliana Garcia (44) and her ​​daughter Lorenza (8) were in high spirits when they left their home at 2:00 a.m.
 
Their purpose was to be on time for a Purchase for Progress (P4P) training aimed at providing an agriculture technology package, which includes the exchange of experiences between agriculture and commercial technicians and representatives of P4P organizations. In the Department of Jutiapa, Guatemala, 160 people benefited from this exchange
 
More than half of the participants of this event were women, including Juliana, who is the secretary of an indigenous Chorti cooperative.
 
During this activity, the participants visited demonstration fields where they could follow good agricultural practices and get ideas to help them boost crop yields.
 

"I have discovered many things today," said Orilia Revolorio, (50) member of the AMMYA Association and mother of two children ages 1 and 5. "We have improved our crops and as you know better crops means better nutrition and education for my children,” she said.
 
Corn is the main crop grown in this area and thanks to P4P trainings small farmers’ organizations are preparing themselves to sell an international quality product to WFP or any private company in the market.
 
Besides improving their income, farmers’ organizations contribute to the Guatemala’s finances by paying taxes in a country where more than 70 percent of the trade is informal.

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