Risks and Opportunities of Transitioning to Export Crops. The Cases of Pineapple and Avocado in Colombia
Andrés Charry, Matthias Jäger, Lizette Diaz, Miryan García, Jhon Jairo Hurtado
International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT), Colombia
Over the last few years, the fruit sector in the department of Valle del Cauca, Colombia, has witnessed major transformations. The increasing international demand and the government´s interest in diversifying the country's export portfolio has led several middle and large-scale farmers, large agro processing industries and other investors at the national level to venture in and promote the cultivation of “super sweet” MD2 pineapple and Hass avocado across the region. Looking for increased incomes, numerous small-scale farmers in the department have joined the trend and adopted these varieties, while many others are currently facing the decision of either switching to these export varieties or continuing cultivating more traditional species demanded by local markets and agro processing industries.
Keywords: Fruit value chains, Hass avocado, MD2 pineapple, probabilistic cost-benefit analysis.
Contact Address: Andrés Charry, International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT), Linking Farmers to Markets, Km 17 recta Cali - Palmira, Cali, Colombia, e-mail: a.charrycgiar.org