Organizational and productive strengthening of indigenous women for food security in Pocoata

Bolivia

Justification

The municipality of Pocoata shows high rates of poverty and social inequality with an HDI of 0.423. Life expectancy does not exceed 51 years. Pocoata’s infant mortality (under 5) is 123 per 1,000 live births. Meanwhile, the maternal mortality rate is 660 per 100,000. The food insecurity that affects the population of the municipality of Pocoata, is caused by the low yields of its crops, little productive diversification for self-consumption, as well as scarce sources of water storage and distribution. On the other hand, there is a lack of recognition of the work that women do in the care economy and productive economy. Likewise, there are weak organizational structures, especially for women, that are capable of influencing local authorities.

Location

Pocoata Municipality, Chayanta Province, Potosí Department

Local Partner

IPTK (Tomás Katari Polytechnic Institute)

Goals

General Objective: To contribute to the reduction of the poverty situation, exclusion of the rural population in the municipality of Pocoata, in a sustainable way.

Specific Objective: To strengthen the local productive, nutritional and organizational capacities of indigenous women and men in the municipality of Pocoata.

Leading population

(125 women and 150 men).

Project duration

Budget

Financing

TAU, Ay. Donosti (48.643€)

Activities:

  • Elaborate baseline.
  • Planning of activities in agroecological production at the community and family level.
  • Training workshops for producers in sustainable agricultural production, management of natural resources: soil, water and plants, and mitigation and adaptation measures to the effects of climate change.
  • Application of agroecological technology for the production of traditional, alternative and diversified crops (in vegetables and fruit trees).
  • Practices of recovery and management of natural resources: soil, water and plant, plant and mitigation and adaptation measures to the effects of climate change.
  • Construction of firewood-saving stoves.
  • Exchange of experiences between agricultural producers and producers with active participation of women.
  • Installation and operation of water reservoirs for human consumption and for irrigation that reduces the work overload of women.
  • Training workshops on reservoir maintenance.
  • Preparation of the Diagnosis on the economy of care in food safety.
  • Training workshops for women and men in nutritional food education (PEAN PROGRAM).
  • Food practices to diversify the diet, with high nutritional value of families.
    Nutritional fairs to demonstrate the nutritional properties of diversification in agricultural production and taste nutritious food preparations.
  • Technical and legal advice to the 2 women’s organizations in internal strengthening.
  • Development of training workshops for women leaders in Democracy and citizen participation, Human Rights, Domestic violence, Social control, preparation of proposals.
  • Refurbishment and equipment of the 2 women’s artisan centers.
  • Development of technical training workshops in dressmaking and embroidery for women from the 2 organizations in Jilawi.
  • Production of artisan fabrics and embroidery rescuing their customs and culture of Pocoata.