Who are we?

PERU-Hub is an alliance of North American universities and national and international research centers led by Universidad Nacional Agraria La Molina (UNALM), united with the purpose of building a Hub based on the utilization of research through technology transfer, promotion of alternative crops and entrepreneurship.


PERU- Hub is the result of a cooperative effort that began in late 2019 with the submission of a concept note to the international funding competition sponsored by the US government, entitled “Program Bringing Research to Impact for Development: Global Engagement and Utilization (BRIDGE-U)” of USAID. The process continued with the co-creation stage between the UNALM and USAID teams until the final stage, which was to obtain the good pro and win a fund of 15 million dollars, which will be delivered according to the fulfillment of goals. The actors in the winning proposal were Incubagraria, the IRD (Regional Development Institute), ORI (Office of Interinstitutional Relations), Swiss EP, USAID and the cluster of American universities (USU, OU, Purdue) and CIAT, institutions specializing in the use of precision agriculture technologies, spatial information systems, food processing and entrepreneurship.

It is worth highlighting the important participation of the former rector of UNALM, Enrique Flores Mariazza, Ph.D., from the beginning of the project, as manager of the alliances with the North American universities, as well as in the formulation of the proposal in each of the stages. In addition, it is important to mention the valuable contributions of Michael Dobres, Ph.D., venture mentor and advisor to the project since its creation.


Improve the income of farmers, women and native communities, through the utilization of research results, training and strengthening of their entrepreneurial skills, with a sustainable vision of the use of natural resources and biodiversity.


To become a model center (Hub) of knowledge, innovation and technology transfer for the sustainable development of the Amazon.

Our goals

Increase sustainable production of major commercial and native crops, soil conservation and biodiversity.
Integrate entrepreneurs and empowered women into value chains.
Strengthen the technical capacities of producers with an agrosilvopastoral systems approach.
Build a database and knowledge based on the use of information technology and modeling.
Establish a technology generation and transfer system between University-Business-Farmers-Local Communities.


  • The Alliance of Bioversity International and CIAT (Colombia):

International Center for Tropical Agriculture, Cali, Colombia (CIAT), has been a participant, over the past fifty years, in remarkable advances and innovations in agricultural production around the world, based on rigorous and independent scientific research. It continues to play a key role in addressing the world’s most pressing challenges related to agriculture, development, and the environment.

In PERU-Hub, CIAT will support environmental management and sustainable development of agroecosystems and landscape restoration through research. It will plan the management of ecosystem services, as well as the political and economic dimensions needed to support agricultural sustainability.

  • The University of Oklahoma 

The University of Oklahoma (OU) is recognized for its scientific research in the field of meteorology and soil geography. Through the “Mesonet” system, it monitors climate changes in order to take actions to increase productivity in the agricultural sector.

The OU will contribute to the PERU-Hub project by creating a meteorological monitoring network in the San Martin region. This system will gather updated soil information, which will be compared with historical maps and will be used to make decisions on new crop models.

  • Purdue University:

Purdue University is among the top ten most innovative institutions in the USA. It seeks to create a global impact, implementing cutting-edge processes in food safety.

It will contribute to the PERU-Hub project by training farmers in the application of new post-harvest techniques. The objective is to ensure the selection, classification and conservation of products to strengthen the value chain. These new techniques seek to guarantee quality in food processing and food safety management. Purdue will also support the project’s monitoring, evaluation, and learning activities.

  • Utah State University: 

Utah State University (USU) has years of experience in creating successful incubators around the world. It supports farmer associations to establish relationships with successful companies, not only in quality processes to achieve certifications, but also to improve the commercialization of their products.

Utah will work with Incubagraria (UNALM’s Enterprises incubator) to identify and train producers with enterprises through training and workshops, which will enable the economic and social development of the communities in the San Martin Region. In addition, it will support the strengthening of the business incubator of the Universidad Nacional de San Martin in order to create study plans and training programs for the development of small businesses, based on the use of research.

The Utah State Entrepreneurship Program (SEED) will support the Regional Development Institutes (IRD) of Pucayacu and San Isidro, located in the Bajo Huallaga area.

Senior Executives

Benjamín Quijandría, Ph.D.

Operations Director

Animal Science Engineer from Universidad Nacional Agraria La Molina (Peru); MSc and Ph.D from North Carolina State University, with more than 30 years of experience in the design, implementation and evaluation of agricultural and rural development programs and policies, as well as innovation promotion. His areas of interest are innovation systems in Latin America, science and technology politics, and emerging technologies.

Hugo Villachica, Ph.D.

Project Director

Dr. Villachica is an Agronomical Engineer with a B.Sc. degree from Universidad Nacional Agraria La Molina (Peru), M.Sc. from Universidad Nacional Agraria La Molina, Ph.D. from North Carolina State University, with extensive experience in tropical agriculture. He has worked as a consultant in the elaboration of rural development projects and in the evaluation of sustainable agricultural technologies in Peru and in Latin American countries, for FAO, World Bank, USAID, IRDC, GTZ, among others. He developed and led the national research program on perennial crops and soils in the Peruvian Amazon region (INIA-NCSU Tropical Crops Research Program), involving six experimental stations and 30 researchers. In addition, Dr. Villachica has experience as an agricultural entrepreneur developing new crops in the Peruvian Amazon.

Javier Ñaupari, Ph.D.

Learning Director

Dr. Javier Ñaupari is a Main professor and researcher in the area of grassland ecology and management at the School of Animal Science. He is a scholar from the Fulbright Commission and received his PhD degree in Natural Resources from the University of Idaho, USA. His research area is related to remote sensors and geographic information systems applied to ecological processes in high Andean ecosystems, and he has more than 20 years of experience in the development of national and international cooperation projects.

Dr. Hugo Villachica

Director de Proyecto

El Dr. Villachica es Ingeniero Agrónomo, bachiller de la Universidad Nacional Agraria La Molina, Magíster en Ciencias de la Universidad Nacional Agraria La Molina, Ph.D. de la Universidad Estatal de Carolina del Norte, con una amplia experiencia en agricultura tropical. Se ha desempeñado como asesor en la preparación de proyectos de desarrollo rural, y en la evaluación de tecnologías agrícolas sostenibles en Perú y en países de América Latina, para FAO, Banco Mundial, USAID, IRDC, GTZ, entre otros. Desarrolló y lideró el programa nacional de investigación de cultivos perennes y suelos de la región amazónica peruana (INIA-NCSU Tropical Crops Research Program), involucrando seis estaciones experimentales y 30 investigadores. Además, el Dr. Villachica tiene experiencia como empresario agrícola desarrollando nuevos cultivos en la Amazonía peruana.

Benjamín Quijandría Salmón

Director de Operaciones de PERU- Hub

Ingeniero Agrónomo de la Universidad Nacional Agraria La Molina; MSc y Ph.D de la Universidad Estatal de Carolina del Norte, con más de 30 años de experiencia en el diseño, implementación y evaluación de programas y políticas desarrollo agrario y rural, así como de promoción de la innovación. Sus áreas de interés son los sistemas de innovación en América Latina, la política científica y tecnológica y las tecnologías emergentes.

Javier Ñaupari

Director de Aprendizaje del Proyecto PERU-Hub.

El Dr. Javier Ñaupari es profesor principal e investigador en el área de ecología y manejo de pastizales de la facultad de zootecnia. Es becario de la Comisión Fulbright y recibió su grado de PhD en Recursos Naturales en la Universidad de Idaho, EEUU. Su área de investigación está relacionada con sensores remotos y sistemas de información geográfica aplicada a procesos ecológicos en ecosistemas altoandinos, y cuenta con más de 20 años de experiencia en desarrollo de proyectos de cooperación nacional e internacional.