In early September, SOCODEVI signed an agreement with FAO in Bolivia, a country where SOCODEVI has been working for more than 30 years, for the project Enhancing resilience of family farming of native Indigenous peasant people with a gender and generational approach
Thanks to funding from Canada, we are working with the authorities of 14 municipalities across the Department of Chuquisaca until February 2022 to strengthen the resilience and food security of Indigenous peoples engaged in family farming, through the distribution of seeds.
Seed lots of 10 species of vegetables, potatoes and corn are being delivered to 181 communities.
« We have a very special relationship with the Bolivian rural sector and its inhabitants.
We want to be there to see them thrive, but also to be there for them in difficult times [COVID-19 pandemic]. It is a great honour for us to be able to support FAO in this initiative. Thank you for your trust in us »
— Francois Dionne, SOCODEVI International Program Director —
In total, more than 4,000 families are benefiting from annual crop seeds, 1,500 seed families from ten vegetable crops, and 2,000 families of tools to improve their water storage and distribution systems to help with allotment-garden irrigation.
Distribution is coordinated with autonomous municipal governments and local authorities in order to identify the most vulnerable families and to make sure that the crops are adapted to local conditions. The training is then provided by SOCODEVI technical staff.
This project is being carried out by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and its project partner, the Société de coopération internationale pour le développement (SOCODEVI), in coordination with the Vice-Ministry of Civil Defence and the Vice-Ministry of Rural Development and Land, with resources from the Canadian Embassy