Up until the third year of project implementation, 108 farmers from 18 communities have come to try technologies through participative research and adapting best practices to their production systems.
Legume species have been studied and utilized as cover crops and green manures in each ecology zone. In the low zone, they have come to characterized species such as mucuna (Stizolobium pruriens), canavalia (Canavalia sp.), lab lab (Dolichus ensiformis), guandul (Cajanus cajan), bean (Phaseolus lannatus) and adapting to perennial, annual and biannual cultivation systems. In the mid and high zone, they have characterized species such as lupin (Lupinus mutabilis), pea (Pisum sativa), bean (Phaseolus vulgaris), fava bean (Vicia faba), vetch (Vicia sativa) to potato and corn systems, basic crops for the food security of the high Andean zones. Moreover, they have tried reduced tillage systems such as direct seeding of corn in the low zone, and the “wacho rozado” system for potato in the high area. Additionally, as a complement to these project activities and to guarantee the food security of the participating families, the experimentation on potato, fava beans, lupin, quinoa varieties, as well as, chicken and guinea pig feed has been promoted. Credit funds in the communities and water use in production systems have also been encouraged.