Peru is a country marked by deep inequalities. Poverty affects 56% of the rural population, of whom 62% live in mountain regions. Nevertheless, this rural population, the majority of whom are small scale farmers, produces 70% of the food consumed by Peru’s 23 million city dwellers, out of a total population of 30 million. The great diversity of the country’s ecosystems is opening up new opportunities for the development of tropical crops for export, but it is mainly the big landowners who are profiting from it. For about a dozen years now, we have been seeing a growing phenomenon of land grabbing in the coastal deserts by groups of investors supported by the government, which grant them access to irrigation infrastructures that were built with public funds.
AVSF has been working in Peru since 1978, supporting smallholders’ organizations and developing value chains for their products. Since 2018, VSF Italy also started a project in three Andean communities in the Lima district to support local dairy production and transformation.
What we do:
- Promoting sustainable farming activities within the native Awajun community in the Amazon region: agro-ecology, small-scale livestock farming, fish farming, reforestation, cocoa production.
- Supporting the regional association of producers from Cuzco to improve the management of the local farmers’ market.
- Supporting the creation of the National Association of Cocoa Producers, a professional trade union that currently comprises more than 10,000 producers from 19 organizations.
- Working with smallholder organizations in the joint management of natural resources, including management of high-altitude pastures for livestock and management of water resources for irrigating at high altitudes in the Cuzco and Huancavelica regions.
- Implementing pilot actions focused on carbon capture and reforestation with smallholder organizations.
- Training livestock keepers and cheese-makers on the correct hygiene and management of the dairy supply chain, from milking to processing and marketing in 3 peasant communities in Lima district.