A broad variety of vegetables are grown in Chile, both outdoors and in greenhouses, with a total area under cultivation of approximately 77,000 hectares each year. Vegetables are produced for fresh consumption as well as for processing by the agro-industry (frozen, dried and tinned foods, and juices), both for the domestic and international markets. The most important crops grown for fresh consumption are lettuces, tomatoes, long-day onions, squash and carrots, while key crops produced for processing by the agro-industry include corn, tomatoes, artichokes, green beans, asparagus, green peas and bell peppers. Many actors participate in the vegetable industry, at both ends of the commercial chain, and there are several marketing channels and different sales formats. The export market is small, both in fresh and processed vegetables.
Alexis Ortiz: For the last 20 years, Alexis Ortiz has been involved in consulting, teaching and research on rural development, environmental management, sustainable intensification, agricultural innovation and quality management systems in the agri-food sector.
In the field of teaching he has been teacher in the Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile, Universidad Santo Tomas, Universidad Mayor and Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Valparaíso. He designed and coordinated several e-learning, b-learning diplomas and courses at the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile.
In the area of consulting he has advised more than 700 farmers and agro-industries in the fruit, vegetables and wine production in good agricultural practices, food safety and quality management systems. He has coordinated and participated in several projects related with sustainable agriculture, quality and food safety and environmental management.
He is an agricultural engineer degree from the Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile. He has a MSc in Environmental Sciences at the Wageningen University and Research Centrum in the Netherlands and a postgraduate degree in research and development for sustainable agricultural use of the land in American tropics of the Tropical agronomic Center of research and teaching of Costa Rica.