Bolstering and consolidating the commercial activities of production and economic associations of women and mixed sexes for food sovereignty and the economic empowerment of women in districts 6 and 7 of the Sucre municipality, Phase II.

Bolivia

Background information

The first phase of the program carried out from 2017 to 2020 must be consolidated. There is an increased need and demand of peasant families for a second phase in order to bolster the production structure, empowerment and economic autonomy of women in the production associations of rural districts 6 and 7 in the Sucre municipality, with a focus on sovereignty and gender equality in times of COVID-19, by means of the following: Increasing agroecological production; -Bolstering marketing mechanisms for the associations’ agroecological products; -Designating locations for public and private activities, the activities of peasant social organizations for management and having an impact on public policies involving local economic development; – Training men to play a more useful role in times of COVID-19; -Enhancing the capabilities of peasant families to successfully confront the COVID-19 pandemic and biosecurity measures in order to bolster social resilience.

Location

Sucre Municipality

Local partner

TKPI (Tomás Katari Polytechnic Institute)

Goals

Overall goal: Contributing to the economic and political empowerment of women by enabling the local population to exercise their right to nutritional food and good health, with a focus on gender equality and environmental sustainability in rural districts 6 and 7 of the Sucre municipality.

Specific goal: Bolstering and consolidating the production and marketing structures of women in the production and economic associations of rural districts 6 and 7 of the Sucre municipality, with a focus on sovereignty, gender equity and social resilience to COVID-19, by promoting agro-ecological production and marketing to increase their income levels and influence local public policies involving local economic development.

Target population

(350 women and 287 men).

Project duration

Budget

Financing

TAU, Government of Navarra (€ 597,764.14)

Activities:

  • Designing workshops for production families to foster technological innovations involving agroecological production, integrated pest and disease management, modernized irrigation, harvest and post-harvest operations and mitigation and adaptation measures to cope with  the effects of climate change and care for the environment.

  • Installing drip and sprinkler irrigation systems for vegetable and fruit production plots.

  • Building better kitchens.

  • Improve the internal legal operations of production and economic associations.

  • Designing workshops to bolster the production and transformation processes of handicrafts, textiles, fruits and vegetables, bakery products, and honey collection, with enhanced product quality of goods earmarked for the overall market and school breakfasts.

  • Construction and refurbishment of production and equipment facilities for production and economic associations.

  • Updating business plans for 12 production and economic associations of women and mixed sexes.

  • Designing workshops to empower women leaders who have been adequately trained to be fully informed of their rights.

  • Performing consulting work on the systematization of inputs and outputs for the    economics of home care in the communities receiving assistance.

  • Holding training workshops on COVID-19 prevention and biosecurity measures.

  • Composing and disseminating radio jingles on COVID-19 and providing personal and psychological motivation.