Presence in the country:
Peru is a country marked by deep inequality. Peru, strengthened by its mineral riches and benefiting from skyrocketing raw-mineral prices, has experienced sustained economic growth over the past few years. However, excessive economic liberalization and a business climate that favors big investors have not done the job in terms of curbing the rural poverty rate, which currently stands at 56% for the total rural population, 62% of whom live in mountain regions.
Peru’s rural smallholder population, nevertheless, 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 an attractive opportunity 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.
What we do:
- Promoting sustainable farming activities (agro-ecology, small-scale livestock farming, fish farming, reforestation, the cocoa sector) within the native Awajun community in the Amazon region.
- Supporting and advising the regional association of producers from Cuzco in terms of strengthening 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.