Semilla Nueva

(+502) 2296-4516

Semilla Nueva fights malnutrition with better corn. We produce and sell high-yielding, climate resilient, biofortified corn to farmers at an affordable cost. Our corn improves farmers’ incomes and the nutrition of their families and corn consumers. The seed contains higher zinc, iron, and protein quality compared to traditional corn and closes dietary gaps for women and children who consume the corn.

Women, Men, Girls, Boys
Health, Agriculture
Alta Verapaz, Baja Verapaz, Chiquimula, Escuintla, Huehuetenango, Izabal, Jalapa, Jutiapa, Petén, Quetzaltenango, Quiché, Retalhuleu, Sacatepéquez, San Marcos, Santa Rosa, Suchitepéquez, Zacapa

Organizational contacts & locations

Curt Bowen
Executive Director
(+502) 4007-3828
Jioni Tuck
Monitoring & Evaluation Coordinator
(+502) 3090-4972
Juan Carlos Cuyun
Administrative Manager
(+502) 3017-1304
7 Avenida 14-44, 
Zona 9
Edificio La Galería, Oficina 35

Mission, vision & values


Semilla Nueva’s mission is to reduce chronic malnutrition through the sale and advocacy of biofortified corn seed in Guatemala. 


Semilla Nueva’s vision is for biofortified maize to become prevalent in maize-dependent countries with high rates of chronic malnutrition like Guatemala.

We value fighting malnutrition.

Products, services, and programs


Semilla Nueva produces and sells biofortified corn seeds with higher levels of iron, zinc, and quality protein to end the most pressing national nutritional deficiencies, and with higher yields to incentivize farmers to adopt. Semilla Nueva works with international scientists to develop and test seeds with higher levels of nutrition and competitive yields. Semilla Nueva then produces these seeds in Guatemala and sells them at a low price to farmers. Our field technicians provided farmers who buy our seed with technical support to ensure that they have the information necessary to successfully grow hybrid seeds.

In 2020, Semilla Nueva launched a seed distribution program for subsistence farmer families facing food crises during the COVID-19 crisis. We distributed seed to 1,878 subsistence farmers in Alta Verapaz and Chiquimula.