The POSTCOSECHA program was developed by SDC in the 1980ies in Honduras and scaled up to Central Amercia. The program ended in 2003, but its post-harvest strategy keeps flourishing today. The main technology element of the POSTCOSECHA program are locally produced metal silos to protect and store grain. The program has sustainably anchored technology production and technology dissemination in existing institutions and market mechanisms.
The massive dissemination of silo technology has been a success. Today, one fifth of all maize and bean producers in Central America own a hermetically sealed metal silo previously unknown in the region. Fumigation allows the silo owners to get rid of damaging insects contained in the grain to be stored. For small-scale farmers the silos represent a secure, long-term and practical solution to a problem that negatively affected the security of their livelihoods.