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„ Establishment of development and extension center in the Peruvian Amazon “. Project in the Program of Czech International Development Aid :. Basic information about the project. Donor : Ministry of Agriculture ČR Execution : ITS, CUA in Prague Duration : 2003 – 2006

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Establishment of development and extension center in the peruvian amazon

Establishment of development and extension center in the Peruvian Amazon“

Project in the Program of Czech International Development Aid:


Basic information about the project
Basic information about the project

  • Donor: Ministry of Agriculture ČR

  • Execution: ITS, CUAin Prague

  • Duration: 2003 – 2006

  • Overall budget: 4 950 000,- Kč

  • Budget for the year 2003: 1 683 000,- Kč

  • Project site: Peru, Ucayali, Pucallpa


Project staff
Project staff

  • Ing. Bohdan Lojka (agroforestry)

  • Ing. Jana Lojková (socio-ekonomy, marketing)

  • Ing. Jan Banout (engineering)

  • Ing. Zbyněk Polesný (etnobotany, agricultural systems)

  • Ing. Martin Kočárek (pedology)


Basic information about project site
Basic information about project site

  • Region Ucayali population: 430 000

  • Pucallpa population: 250000

  • Amazon Basin

  • 150-200 m.a.s.l.

  • precipitation 1500 mm

  • Climate – tropical humid

  • Tropical Rainforest


Current situation in the project area
Current situation in the project area

  • One of the least developed region in

  • Since 1960s colonization by the new settlers

  • Extensive deforestation

  • Slash-and-Burn farming

  • A lot of large development project failed

  • Low interest of the government for development (low investment, bad infrastructure)


Objectives of the project
Objectives of the project

  • Improvement of the agricultural systems

  • Generation and extension of the improved agroforestry practices

  • Economic evaluation of agroforestry systems

  • Improved marketing of local agriculture products

  • Including ITS students into the project


Major activities in year 2003
Major activities in year 2003

  • Selection of 6 participating communities

  • Monitoring of current agricultural systems –RRA, PRA, semi-structured interview

  • Pedological survey

  • Beginning of PTD process

  • Cooperation with local governmental as well as non-governmental organization

  • Extension of improved agroforestry practices

  • Cooperation with UNU (agroforestry nursery, student thesis)

  • Other activities


Selection of communities

  • Participating communities were selected from 2 distinct agro-ecological zones:

  • Seasonally flooded areas along Ucayali river:

    • - Santa Teresa

    • - Santa Isabel de Bahuanisho

    • - Monte de los Olivos

  • B) Upland areas along the Pucallpa-Lima road:

  • - Nueva Belén

  • - Antonio Raymondi

  • - Pimental








Participation monitoring

  • key informants

  • Semi-structured interviews

    • 3-4 farmers in each community

  • Participation diagnostic workshops

    • 2 in each community

  • Starting of PTD process






Results of the diagnosis

  • Main problems in the floodplain areas:

  • - pest and diseases

  • - market prices of the agricultural products

  • - transport of the products to the market

  • - lack processing

  • - small diversification of production

  • Main problems in the upland areas:

  • - deforestation

  • - loss of soil fertility

  • - weeds

  • - fires


Methodology of PTD process

  • Global community diagnosis

  • Defining priority problems and their diagnosis (What and why)

  • Looking for things to try and designing the experiments

  • Trying things out - measuring

  • Evaluation and sharing the results


Cooperation organization

  • UNU – Universidad Nacional de Ucayali

  • FUSEVI – Fuerza por la Selva Viva

  • UNAS – Universidad Nacional Agraria de la Selva, Tingo María

  • Ministry of Agriculture - Pucallpa

  • SENASA – Servicio Nacional de la Sanidad Agraria

  • ICRAF – World Agroforestry Centre

  • INIA – Instituto Nacional de Investigación Agraria


Generation of improved technologies

  • Biological control against pest and diseases (Cosmopolites sordidus, Fusarium sp.)

  • Support of vegetable growing – providing improved and certified seeds

  • Fruit processing

  • Weed control –providing small mechanization for 3 communities

  • Improved agroforestry system withInga edulis

  • Support of pepper (Piper nigrum) growing with the use of agroforestry methods


Biological control ofCosmopolites sordidus





Distribution of tree seedlings (live posts for pepper) in Pimental

- Bolaina (Guazuma crinita)- Tahuari (Tabebuia serratifolia)


Cooperation with the National University of Pucallpa UNU Pimental

  • Establishment of Agroforestry nursery for native fruit trees

    • Part of production for germaplasm conservation in the botanic garden

    • Part of production for promotion among farmers

    • Part of production for market

  • Student thesis – Feasibility study of citrus processing in the Mashangay region



First work Pimental


Present Pimental


Other activities Pimental

  • Organization of PTD workshop

  • Publishing of the picture brochure and workshops about fire prevention and

  • Material support of local agricultural college (Colegio Agropecuario de Santa Rosa)


PTD Workshop Pimental


Work of groups Pimental


Establishment of agroforestry trials at Pimental Colegio agropecuario de Santa Rosa



Plans for the next year
Plans for the next year Pimental

  • Continuation of PTD process (Participatory Technology Development)

  • Establishment of agroforestry plots in pepper growing

  • Establishment of germaplasm orchard of native fruit trees with UNU

  • Possibilities of fruit processing (jam, dry fruits)

  • Pedological survey (continuation)

  • Composting

  • Marketing of local products

  • Support of organic farming in the area


Thanks for your attention
Thanks for your attention Pimental

www.itsz.czu.cz/projects/peru/projektperu.htm

Ing. Bohdan Lojka ([email protected])

Ing. Jana Lojková ([email protected])

Ing. Jan Banout ([email protected])

Ing. Zbyněk Polesný ([email protected])


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