In each country we work in the region of greatest rural poverty and help farmers increase their income from the crop or product that offers the best opportunity for making the transition from subsistence to successful commercial farming -- coffee in the Highlands of Guatemala, milk and alpaca wool in the Sierra Sur of Perú, and quinoa in the Northern Altiplano of Bolivia.
Each year we help farmers adopt basic business practices, and each year they increase their mastery of these practices and add more sophisticated ones. At the beginning of each dry, rainy, or harvest season, we help farmers select the practices they will adopt during the season. We then provide assistance in adopting these practices throughout the season. At the end of the season, the farmers evaluate their results. We use skilled farmers as well as agronomists, and women as well as men, to provide the technical assistance. We use "learn-by-doing" to provide the technical assistance, and farmers learn the practices that increase productivity, quality, and processing on by performing them on farm plots they select. Equal participation of women is a condition of all our projects.