Latin America Programs

The Minor Use Foundation works with partners across the continent to provide technical assistance, training, and capacity-building to address specialty crop grower needs and priorities.

Active Projects

EcuadorDragon fruitFruit fly
ColombiaBananaFruit fly
ColombiaPassionfruitScale/Mealy bug
PeruPassionfruitScale/Mealy bug
PanamaBananaFruit fly
PanamaPineappleFruit fly
Costa RicaCoffeeCoffee Borer Beetle
Costa RicaPapayaBlack rot

Project Locations

Project Photos

LAC Fruit and Nut Priorities

PriorityCommodityPestCountries Expressing Interest
1BananaBlack leaf streakBolivia, Ecuador, Saint Lucia
2PineappleMealybugsBolivia, Costa Rica, Jamaica,
3MangoFruit fliesCosta Rica, Jamaica, Panama
4CocoaMoniliaCosta Rica, Ecuador, Mexico
5PapayaFruit fliesCosta Rica, Panama, Peru
7BananaMealybugsEcuador, Saint Lucia
8AvocadoPhytophthoraCosta Rica, Ecuador, Mexico,
9BananaFusariumBolivia, Costa Rica, Ecuador,
Peru, Saint Lucia, Trinidad and Tobago
10PitayaPhytophthoraEcuador, Mexico, Panama

LAC Agronomic, Vegetable and Herb Priorities

PriorityCommodityPestCountries Expressing Interest
1TomatoAlternariaBolivia, Chile, Colombia,
Trinidad and Tobago
2Prickly pearScalesMexico
3TomatoThripsBolivia, Colombia,
Trinidad and Tobago
4TomatoThripsBolivia, Colombia
6Pepper, sweetMitesCosta Rica, Jamaica
7WatermelonMitesArgentina, Bolivia
8TomatoWhitefliesColombia, Costa Rica, Saint
Lucia, Trinidad and Tobago
9TomatoFusariumChile, Colombia, Panama
10Potato, sweetWeevilsJamaica, Saint Lucia, Trinidad
and Tobago

Training Center

Launched in June 2023, the Regional Center of Excellence for Latin America and the Caribbean in Pesticide Sciences (CECP) is a training and education center jointly developed with the U.S. Department of Agriculture Foreign Agricultural Services (USDA FAS), Inter-American Institute for Cooperation in Agriculture (IICA), Standards and Trade Development Facility (STDF), and the Minor Use Foundation. The Center is located at the National University of Colombia in Bogotá, Colombia, and has a focus on capacity development in Latin American and Caribbean (LAC) countries.

Training at the Center focuses on field and laboratory work covering Good Laboratory Practices (GLP), calibrations, sampling, sample processing, calculations, and use of the Field Data Notebook.


Avance Pasifloras

Avance Pasifloras is a trade association whose members account for 90% of the fruit exports in Colombia. The following exporting companies make up our organization: Caribbean Exotics, Colombian Paradise, Frutas Comerciales, Frutireyes, Jardín Exotics, Nativa Produce, Novacampo, OCATI, San Basilio, Prosagro Export and Montana Fruits. These companies are committed to the industry, they have assumed high risks, and invested their own funds to position Passifloras in the European market.

Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture

Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA)

IICA is the specialized agency for agriculture of the Inter-American System that supports the efforts of Member States to achieve agricultural development and rural well-being. The Institute provides cooperation services through close and permanent work with its 34 Member States, addressing their needs in a timely manner. Without a doubt, IICA’s most valuable asset is the close relationship it maintains with the beneficiaries of its work. We have broad experience in areas such as technology and innovation for agriculture, agricultural health, food safety and quality, international agricultural trade, family farming, rural development, natural resource management and the bioeconomy.

National University of Colombia (UNAL)

The Universidad Nacional de Colombia (English: National University of Colombia), also called UNAL or just UN, is a public, national, coeducational, research university, located primarily in Bogotá, Medellín, Manizales and Palmira, Colombia. Established in 1867 by an act of the Congress of Colombia, the university is the largest higher education institution of the country with more than 44,000 students, the largest number of graduated professionals per year, and number of academic programs at undergraduate and postgraduate levels.

Obispo Colombres Agricultural Experimental Station (EEAOC)

EEAOC focuses on agricultural research and development within the agroindustrial sector. The organization provides satellite monitoring of crops, quality assessment of agricultural seeds, and development of high-quality plant varieties. It offers services and products that support agricultural producers in improving crop yields and managing agricultural health and nutrition. It was founded in 1909 and is based in Tucuman, Argentina.