Enhancing Security with Food Sovereignty, Alternative Life Styles and Resilience to the Negative Effects of Climate Change in the Peaña Communities of the Ocuri municipality

Bolivia

Background information

This project aims to improve security with food sovereignty and the development of alternative life styles and resilience to cope with the negative effects of climate change and the safeguarding of the environment in the poor communities of Peaña, with equal opportunities, rights and environmental sustainability in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic. The project provides for the availability of healthy food in this pandemic by means of the following:  the sustainable management of natural resources; the diversification of agro-ecological production (crops, vegetables and fruit trees); the implementation of measures for adapting to climate change; offering leadership training for indigenous peasant women and men; bolstering mixed peasant and women’s organizations and educating teachers on environmental issues; fostering COVID-19 prevention measures; confronting climate change and promoting solid waste management; and influencing educational and municipal policies.

Location

Ocurí Municipality

Local partner

TKPI (Tomás Katari Polytechnic Institute)

Goals

Overall goal: Contributing to sustainable development and the reduction of poverty and social exclusion of the Peaña rural population.

Specific goal: Enhancing security with food sovereignty for indigenous peasant families by fostering resilient alternative life styles to cope effectively with climate change and safeguard the environment in poor communities of Peaña, with equal opportunities, rights and environmental sustainability.

Target population

(156 women and 160 men).

Project duration

Budget

Financing

TAU, Government of Navarra (€119.991)

Activities:

  • Organizing training workshops on agro-ecological crop production, risk management, and mitigation and adaptation measures to cope with the negative effects of climate change.
  • Fostering the agroecological production of crops and vegetables by applying sustainable production techniques.

  • Promoting management practices, the conservation of natural assets and adapting to the negative effects of climate change.

  • Fostering practices and workshops on measures to mitigate and adapt to the negative effects of climate change. (Storage tanks, kitchens, nurseries, tanks and family filters).

  • Organizing campaigns for reforestation and recovery of native forest species.

  • Building kitchens making effective use of firewood.

  • Fostering healthy eating practices to diversify family food diets with high nutritional value.

  • Organizing training workshops for food production families for COVID-19 prevention and biosecurity measures.

  • Organizing training workshops for women and men on leadership roles and COVID-19 prevention and protection measures.

  • Organizing training workshops for men to teach them to assume masculine role models.

  • Fostering participation of women and men leaders and the representatives of peasant social organizations and women’s organizations in two forums for dialogue and analysis on the negative effects of climate change and the socioeconomic effects of COVID-19.