Presence in the country:
For decades, Bolivia, like other Andean countries, exported raw materials (gas and minerals) and imported strategic foods (wheat, rice, and vegetable seeds) in order to ensure the country’s food security. Since Evo Morales came to power in 2006, government reforms based on dignity, sovereignty, and productivity have led the government to nationalize natural resources, further the decentralization of public land management toward local systems of autonomous land management, and increase public investment in smallholder production. The government has supported smallholder farming by creating new lines of credit, a research and innovation institute, and other services intended to address the challenge of assuring food for the Bolivian people. These innovative reforms made smallholder farming the central focus of the country’s food sovereignty objective. However, the agro-industry sector is still very strong, and produces between 50% and 70% of the country’s food. Peasant movement in Bolivia is strongly threatened by the soy industry: thousands of hectares have been already allocated to soy production for export.
VSF Justicia Alimentaria Global is working to support peasant movements in the Altiplano regions.
What we do:
- Strengthening the capacities of smallholder and indigenous organizations to promote food sovereignty and manage natural resources;
- Promoting agroecological practices to overcome the ecological challenges (arid land, high slopes, water scarcity…) and revalorization of ancestral and indigenous knowledge;
- Establishing collective production systems;
- Improving nutrition through the diversification of diets.