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Project details

Oregano Project

Development of an Agro-industrial Spice and Herb Value Chain

country

Bolivia

duration

7 years

budget

$12 million CAD

Agrifood

Gender Equality

Environment and Climate Change

3000

beneficiary
families

2

organizations
supported

Chuquisaca is one of the poorest regions of Bolivia. In order to improve the living conditions of the population, SOCODEVI supported a diversification of economic and production activities among farm families, thus fostering an increase in their incomes. For SOCODEVI, and members of the AGROCENTRAL network of cooperatives with whom the project was carried out, the challenge was an important one: to identify and produce more profitable crops while prioritizing climate-intelligent methods and staying mindful of ecosystem and natural resource sustainability.

Socodevi - Femme qui cultive de l'Origan

The project has owed its success to collaborative work with all stakeholders, a participatory approach that facilitated synergy, and innovative methods for capacity building among the beneficiaries. Today, the emergence of a new production, processing and commercialization industry for spices, and for oregano in particular, has positively impacted the lives of thousands of farming families. Moreover, oregano has become the region’s leading export.

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Results

3000
families producing oregano

spread across 20 municipalities that have diversified their agricultural production

300%
increase

in income, on average, for producing families that are part of AGROCENTRAL

350
hectares of oregano

planted by producing families, representing a yield of more than 450 MTs and annual sales of over $1 million USD

100%
of the oregano plots

established in a way that avoids water erosion and conserves soil

‘’It brings us great pride to work on our oregano plot, knowing that our product has carved out a place on the market and that it will fetch us a good price !’’

Gregoria Cuellar

Bolivia

Major donors

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