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CIAT. 2011. Tropical Fruits. CIAT Strategy in Action, No. 3. Cali, Colombia: International Center for Tropical Agriculture.
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This document was prepared with the contributions and support of diverse groups related to the research, commercialization, and conservation of tropical fruits. The exchange of ideas was achieved through individual meetings and workshops with multidisciplinary working groups whose ideas were molded here. The document describes the areas in which the Tropical Fruits group at CIAT, in cooperation with national and international partners, will focus its research efforts to: Improve the competitiveness of small tropical-fruit growers and service suppliers through information and technologies that result in sustainable practices and production systems, thus improving access to markets and increasing family incomes It is absolutely clear that the impact sought will be reached, not merely through an agenda imposed by research centers, but also through the use of participatory approaches, taking into account the demands of end users and partners. An approach of solving problems and realizing the potential of opportunities in the value chain will be the modus operandi of the agenda described below. To multiply the impact of research, CIAT will work with other research organizations, educational entities, the private sector, and development organizations. The great diversity of fruits in Latin America (>1200 species) represents a significant challenge, but this is equalized or surpassed by opportunities. Hence, CIAT will not select the species for which to develop the below proposed thematic agendas. Instead, these will be defined by users in the countries where such knowledge is necessary.