Bolivia: The Integration of indigenous Andean producers into new national and international value chains
Poor producers in Bolivia generate 83% of all employment, but only 25% of GDP. This popular economy includes some successful experiences in the areas of fair trade, organic farming and related practices. These experiences can be replicated through collaboration between private and public actors in order to promote technological innovation, add value and support social and gender inclusion and wider market access.
The Joint Programme's goal is to accelerate these processes in the Altiplano, the country's poorest region, as the best option for income generation and the provision of decent employment during the global crisis, as it represents a dynamic sector of indigenous producers linked to national and global value chains where demand is mostly inelastic.
The programme focuses on strengthening national capacities in public policy formulation and programme management for regional productive development; encouraging coordination between high value-adding initiatives and certification, technology and trade services; promoting innovative financial mechanisms to facilitate access to new domestic and foreign markets, as well as channeling surpluses towards production diversification.
JOINT PROGRAMME QUICK FACTS
- Strengthening organizational capacity on ecologic production: The CNAPE, through its technical unit, supported the establishment and implementation of 15 municipal and 2 provincial ecologic committees, which are currently consolidating its self-sustainability (recognition from municipal and provincial governments and allocation of resources within AWPs)
- Contribution to the food sovereignty policy: Support to the implementation of Law 3525 (ecologic production) directly involving more than 6,000 producers. The JP support4ed the elaboration, approval and implementation of the national Technical Norm of Participatory Guarantee Systems (Participatory Certification for National Market) allowing for more than 2,000 family productive units (rural and indigenous) are authorized to use the “Ecologic Stamp” and the opportunity to sell their products in the local market in addition to improving the quality of self-consume.
- Four municipalities buy ecologic products from local producers to feed 7,000 children (supplementary school food). This is use as an incentive to another four municipalities that will replicate this initiative to benefit 6,000 additional children. The producers improve their income generation in 30%.
*as of June 2012 programme reporting period