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Technical and socio-economic integration of ICM
Cropping systems and farmer livelihood systems include several biotic, abiotic and socioeconomic factors. Therefore, technologies should be designed to respond to such complexity and should be integrated in technical and socioeconomic terms.

Participatory research provides the vehicle to integrate farmers and scientific knowledge in order to develop and disseminate technologies with higher probabilities of contributing to the Millennium Development Goals.


Contribute to develop integrated crop management technologies in technical, social and economics terms in order to reduce poverty and food insecurity while protecting environment and human health of farmers who depend on potatoes and sweet potatoes for their livelihoods. 


To develop, test, implement in collaboration with NARS and with farmers? participation sound ICM strategies through a better understanding of farmers? perceptions of problems and opportunities related to potato and sweet potato production in the context of the overall production system.

Activity description

The research areas ICM division is working to technical and socio-economic integration are executed worldwide, having the following activities:

Technical integration:

  • Improving the understanding of technical and scientific integration of potato and sweet potato-ICM components.  

Activities are conducted un Peru, Uganda, Ethiopia, Tanzania, Kenya, Philippines and Indonesia.

  • Improving socioeconomic integration and adoption of potato and sweet potato ICM through participatory research

Headquarter of the operations is in CIP-Lima, Peru, but activities are also conducted in Bolivia, Kenya, Uganda, Ethiopia, Nepal and Indonesia.


  1. CARE- Peru, Cajamarca, Peru. 
    Contact: Guillermo Frías
  2. Municipalidad de Baños del Inca, Cajamarca, Peru. 
    Contact: Mario Bazan
  3. Fundación para la Promoción e Investigación de Productos Andinos (PROINPA), Cochabamba, Bolivia. 
    Contact: Julio Gabriel
  4. Associación de Servicios Artesanales y Rurales (ASAR), Cochabamba, Bolivia. 
    Contact: Omar Torres
  5. PRAPACE network (Programme Régional d?Amélioration de la Pomme de Terre et de la Patate douce en Afrique Centrale et de l?Est), Kabale, Uganda.
    Contact: Berga Lemaga
  6. National Agricultural Research Organisation (NARO), Kabale, Uganda.
    Contact: Imelda Kashaija
  7. AFRICARE, Kabale, Uganda. 
    Contact: Ignatius Kahiu
  8. Self Help Development International (SHDI), Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. 
    Contact: Belew Damene
  9. Ethiopian Agricultural Research Organization (EARO), Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. 
    Contact: Gebremedhin Woldegioris

Potential Impact(s) (Beneficiary/ies)
Beneficiaries of the project are potato farmers in mid-elevation regions of Peru, Bolivia, Ethiopia, Uganda, Tanzania, Kenya, Nepal and Indonesia. Intermediate users (secondary beneficiaries) are NARS, NGOs, and farmers? associations that are involved in potato production and research that whose capacity will be strengthened or built from collaborative participatory research and CIP?s training and backstopping.

Contact Person

Dr. Oscar Ortiz (
International Potato Center, Integrated Crop Management Division.
Apartado 1558, Lima 12, Peru.
Tel: +51 1 349 6017 ext 3043
Fax: +51 1 3175326


  • Ricardo Orrego (HQ)
  • Willy Pradel (HQ)
  • Peter Gildemacher (Regional Office ? Nairobi)
  • Dindo Campilan (Regional Office - Philippines)

Donors for special projects

  • International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD)
  • OPEC Fund for International Development