In Bolivia, unusually heavy rains have led to widespread flooding in January and February 2014. The most affected areas include Cochabamba, Beni, Chuquisaca and La Paz, which has and will continue to have effects on agriculture and livestock production. Government estimates that the flooding has affected some 325,000 people. Most of the affected families are subsistence farmers that have completely lost their crops –their main food and income source- houses, land and other infrastructure. Floods have followed a major drought in another region of the country: El Chaco and the southern cone of Cochabamba.
Challenges and factors contributing to food insecurity in Bolivia include a lack of seeds and inputs for farmers, leading to smaller areas planted. Household food reserves are reportedly low. Many families cannot afford to purchase the feed needed for small livestock holdings.