Hibiscus farming methods in communities of Jacaltenango, Huehuetenango have remained the same since the crop was introduced in colonial times to the area. The traditional cultivation system, based on low production native plants and outdated farming techniques inherited from generation to generation prevents farmers from transitioning from subsistence farming to a production of higher yields.
USAID´s Communities Leading Development (CLD) project implemented by CRS is helping 210 hibiscus farmers in six communities of Jacaltenango to improve their production and increase their yields by providing training in better agronomic practices, genetically improved seeds and technical assistance that enables farmers to earn a dignified income.
With this support, farmers like Jose Montejo and wife Agustina Sanchez have almost doubled their production and yields from $800 USD to $1,500 USD per harvest season.
CLD recognizes that economic development is achieved by improving local capacity and investing in agricultural value chains for increased productivity for vulnerable families to generate income and achieve a better quality of life.