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Updated Jun 18, 2019

Compost amendment to control nematodes

Part of University of Hawaii at Manoa

Compost amendment to control for nematodes

https://horticulture.ucdavis.edu/project/nematode-ipm-guatemala

Brent Sipes

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Stage 4: Transition to Scale

Compost has provided a fertility boost to potato yield. Compost amendment is increasing the health of the soil and complimenting the biological control organisms in the soil.

Focus Areas:

Climate Change and Resilience, Agriculture and Natural Resources

Climate Change and Resilience, Agriculture and Natural ResourcesSEE LESS

Implemented In:

Guatemala

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Key Partner
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Country Implemented In
500
Customers
1
Employee
$450,000
Funds Raised to Date
Verified Funding
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Problem

Potato cyst nematodes are destructive for growers in Guatemala

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Solution

Addition of compost to the soil helps to increase the soil health.

Target Beneficiaries

Smallholder Farmers

Innovation Description

Addition of compost to the soil helps to increase the soil health.

Competitive Advantage

Offers another solution to controlling nematodes.

Planned Goals and Milestones

Better understanding of the benefits of improved soil health and the devastation to yields inflicted by potato cysts nematodes will allow for expansion of the innovation to other areas of potato production in Central America.
Funding Goal450,000
New Implemented CountriesCosta Rica, Honduras
Recruit25 farmer cooperators
New FeatureExpand the soil health improvement to other comunities in Guatemala and new countries in Central America.

The Team Behind the Innovation

Our team is composed of research scientists and professors at the University of Hawaii at Manoa, Michigan State University, and the University of San Carlos in Guatemala. We have partnered with local producers of biological control, Popoyan, to deliver a safe means to control potato cyst nematodes.

EXECUTIVE TEAM INCLUDES WOMEN

Milestones

Date Unknown
New Country Implemented In
Guatemala