LTRA-7: Pathways to CAPS in the Andes


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CRSP Phase:
Phase 4




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Other Partners:
Instituto Nacional de Investigaciones Agropecuarias, International Plant Nutrition Institute, Secretaria Nacional de Ciencia y Tecnologia, Universidad Estatal de Bolivar, Escuela Superior Politecnica del Chimborazo, Secretaria Nacional del Agua, Gobierno de la Provincia de Bolivar, Alcaldia de Guaranda y Chillanes, Sistema de Informacion Geografica Agropecuaria, Foundation for the Promotion and Research of Andean Products, Universidad Mayor de San Simon, Centro Regional Avaroa, Sindicato Agraria Tiraque, Alcaldia de Tiraque, Penn State University, University of Denver, U.S. Department of Agriculture Soil Plant Nutrient Research Unit, Centro Internacional de Agricultura Tropical

Principal Investigator(s):
Jeffrey Alwang

Co-Principal Investigator(s):
George Norton, Darrell Bosch, Paul Backman, Robert Gallagher, Richard Stehouwer, Sarah Hamilton, Jorge Delgado


Rural populations in the Andean region of South America are frequently dependent on a single food crop


1. Identify and evaluate production practices and farming components that can be assembled into CAPS for Bolivar, Ecuador and Tiraque, Bolivia. 2. Validate candidate CAPS in terms of impacts on: soil health, soil retention, carbon and nutrient balances; sustained productivity; profitability; risk bearing; the environment; compatibility with household livelihood strategies; and social conditions including gender considerations. 3. Promote adoption of the most appropriate CAPS by identifying mechanisms to increase their profitability. 4. Design and evaluate mechanisms for disseminating results to similar areas. 5. Evaluate overall impacts of the CRSP research program along several dimensions including soil health, productivity, economic, social and environmental. 6. Strengthen the capacity of government and non-government institutions to develop and disseminate CAPS in the Andean regions of target countries


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