PERU-Hub extensionists finalized participatory rural appraisal worskshops in San Martín

To be able to analyze and learn in greater detail the needs of PERU-Hub’s partner organizations in San Martin, the #Extension Component conducted a series of participatory diagnostic workshops for 15 associations and cooperatives in the region, including native cacao-growing communities and orange – producing groups.

Engineer Esteban Altamirano (Coordinator) and Mg.Sc.(c) Remzi Zárate, together with farmers from the Asociación de Productores Agropecuarios Sol Naciente de Alto el Sol (APASONAS).

The Participatory Rural Diagnostic Workshops, or simply TDRP, seek to evaluate the current state of each organization to identify its needs in the short, medium, and long term.

To make this evaluation possible, the Extension team used different tools and analysis techniques, such as:

  • SWOT analysis (Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, Opportunities and Threats).
  • Map of Actors
  • Present and Future Map (at the geographical level, crop management, etc.).
  • Among others.

The TDRPs were developed from June 21 to July 30 of this year, under the leadership of Engineer Esteban Altamirano, in coordination with his team of extensionists: Mg.Sc.(c) Remzi Zárate, Engineer Frans Sinarahua and Bach. David Briceño.

The workshops were held in eight localities of San Martin, located in Chazuta, Caynarachi, San José de Sisa, Cuñumbuqui, Pachiza, Huicungo, Huallaga and Juanjuí.

Through these activities, it was possible to gain in-depth knowledge of the needs faced by the beneficiaries, especially in terms of technical knowledge of the crops.

Engineer Frans Sinarahua (Extensionist) in the company of the Ledoy Agroindustrial Producers Association and the Individual Orange Producers, groups participating in the diagnostic workshops in San Martin.

On the other hand, the #Extension workshops also involved specific activities for some organizations:

  • Organizations dedicated to Agriculture, developed a Crop Calendar (with products such as Cocoa, Orange or Pijuayo, depending on the predominant crop of the organization).
  • Livestock organizations specifically developed an Animal Production Calendar (emphasizing disease incidence and fodder availability).

Among the beneficiaries of these workshops are: Cooperativa Agraria ALLIMA CACAO Ltda; Asociación de Productoras Agropecuarias Mishki Cacao; Asociación de Productores Orgánicos de Chazuta (APOCH); Asociación de Productores Agropecuarios para el Aprovechamiento, Investigación. y Conservación de la Biodiversidad Biológica; Cooperativa Agroindustrial del Palmito APROPAL LDTDA; Asociación de Productoras Choco Warmis (Comunidad Nativa Kopalsacha); Comunidad Nativa KawanasisaCooperativa Agraria Mushuk Runa Lta; Asociación de Productores Ganaderos del Valle de Fisaquihui – San Fernando; Asociación de Productores Agropecuarios Sol Naciente de Alto el Sol (APASONAS); Asociación de Productores OLAM (APROLAM); Asociación de Productores Agroindustriales de LedoyAsociación ABISEO San Martín (ASABISAM); Cooperativa Agraria Cacaotera ACOPAGRO; and Productores Individuales de Naranja.

All these organizations are located around the Huallaga Valley, PERU-Hub’s area of intervention.

David Briceño (Extensionist) with OLAM Producers Association (APROLAM)

In September, the Extension team, in coordination with the Crop Component, plans to carry out four modular training sessions with beneficiary producers on crops and livestock, to continue enriching the knowledge of these organizations for better management of their crops and animals in the field and, of course, to improve their economies and quality of life.