Sembrando las semillas de la sostenibilidad en Achuapa, Nicaragua

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Jose Perez, Israel Cerros, Brígido Sosa, and Eddar Castillo en el puesto para plantas JFPS (de izquierda a derecha)

La Cooperativa Juan Francisco Paz Silva (JFPS), fundada en 1990, comenzó la operación de un puesto para plantas en 2009. La cooperativa estaba buscando una manera de ofrecer asistencia técnica a sus productores asociados y los puestos de plantas proporcionan una manera para hacerlo. Inicialmente, dos técnicos, Oscar Calderón y Harold Espinoza, fueron capacitados como doctores de plantas para suministrar asistencia técnica a los productores, ellos a su vez entrenaron a otros técnicos en la cooperativa, incluido el doctor de plantas Israel Cerros. El puesto para plantas, jornadas de salud y los servicios de radio se proporcionan de forma gratuita cerca más de 500 productores de las comunidades cercanas, de los cuales 280 son productores asociados directos a la cooperativa.

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Sowing seeds of sustainability in Achuapa, Nicaragua

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Jose Perez, Israel Cerros, Brígido Sosa, and Eddar Castillo at the JFPS plant clinic (from left)

The Cooperative Juan Francisco Paz Silva (JFPS), which was founded in 1990, began operating a plant clinic in 2009. The cooperative was looking for a way to provide technical support to its member farmers, and the plant clinic provided a means to do so. Initially, two technicians, Oscar Calderon and Harold Espinoza, were trained as plant doctors to provide technical support to farmers, and they in turn trained others technicians in the cooperative, including current plant doctor Israel Cerros. The plant clinic services are provided for free to about 500 farmers in nearby communities, of which 280 are member farmers of the cooperative.

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Utilizando los módulos y la metodología de Plantwise para reforzar el currículo en UCATSE

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UCATSE (Universidad Católica Agropecuaria del Trópico Seco) es una universidad privada con financiamiento del Estado, que comenzó a operar un puesto para plantas durante la iniciativa Clínica Global de Plantas (GPC) en 2005. Con el inicio del programa Plantwise en Nicaragua en 2012, UCATSE incorporó la participación de los estudiantes en el puesto para plantas mediante la adopción de la metodología de los puestos para plantas y los módulos de capacitación de Plantwise como una herramienta educativa dentro del currículo de la carrera de Ingeniería Agrícola. Desde que la metodología de Plantwise fue integrada en el plan de estudios, unos 240 estudiantes se han formado  en diagnóstico de campo, muchos de estos estudiantes siguen después a trabajar para empresas privadas, extensión o como agricultores.

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Using the Plantwise training modules and approach to strengthen the curriculum at UCATSE

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UCATSE (Universidad Católica Agropecuario del Trópico Seco) is a private university with state funding that began operating a plant clinic under the Global Plant Clinic (GPC) initiative in 2005. With the start of the Plantwise programme in Nicaragua in 2012, UCATSE incorporated student participation into the plant clinic by adopting the plant clinic approach and Plantwise training modules as a teaching tool within the curriculum of the Agricultural Engineering degree programme. Since the Plantwise training was integrated into the curriculum, about 240 students have been trained in field diagnostics (as of mid-2016), many of whom later go on to work for private companies, extension, or as farmers.

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Plant doctors share advice using WhatsApp and Facebook in Central America

by Erica Chernoh and Eduardo Hidalgo, CABI

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Discussion of symptoms and a diagnosis on the WhatsApp group for plant doctors in Honduras
Discussion of symptoms and a diagnosis on the WhatsApp group for plant doctors in Honduras

 

The software application WhatsApp is being used by plant doctors in Costa Rica, Nicaragua and Honduras to provide and receive plant diagnostic support. WhatsApp has proven to be popular in many countries, because it is a free communication tool for sending and receiving SMS messages. Continue reading

What CABI Is Doing To Tackle Major Coffee Rust Outbreaks In Central America

Guatemala has declared a state of agricultural emergency after coffee rust fungus has affected approximately 193,000ha of coffee, equating to 70% of the national crop. As a result of the outbreak, Guatemala is releasing $13.7m (£8.7m) in emergency aid to help farmers buy pesticides and to inform farmers on ways to manage the disease. Honduras and Costa Rica have already declared national emergency and El Salvador and Panama are also affected.

Coffee is a major export crop in many Central American countries and it is thought that this disease outbreak, which has been called “the worst seen in Central America and Mexico” by John Vandermeer, ecologist at the University of Michigan, will lead to big job losses. The Institute of Coffee in Costa Rica has estimated that the latest coffee rust outbreak may reduce the 2013-2014 harvest by 50% or more in the worst affected areas.

To find out more information about coffee rust view our Plantwise Knowledge Bank- Coffee Leaf Rust PDF booklet.

Symptoms of Coffee Rust (Hemileia vastatrix) © Carlos Roberto Carvalho, Ronaldo C. Fernandes, Guilherme Mendes Almeida Carvalho, Robert W. Barreto, Harry C. Evans (2011): Cryptosexuality and the Genetic Diversity Paradox in Coffee Rust, Hemileia vastatrix. PLoS ONE 6(11): e26387. {{doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0026387}} (CC-BY 2.5)
Symptoms of Coffee Rust (Hemileia vastatrix) © Carlos Roberto Carvalho, Ronaldo C. Fernandes, Guilherme Mendes Almeida Carvalho, Robert W. Barreto, Harry C. Evans (2011): Cryptosexuality and the Genetic Diversity Paradox in Coffee Rust, Hemileia vastatrix. PLoS ONE 6(11): e26387. {{doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0026387}} (CC-BY 2.5)

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Plantwise 2012 Highlights

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As we move into the New Year and all that 2013 has to offer it seems like a good time to review some of the achievements of 2012 . Here are a few of the Plantwise highlights of 2012!

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