Drought Causes Food Shortage
Marco Segundo, Rodeo community leader of the Camiri municipality, department of Santa Cruz, explains to WFP Representative in Bolivia, Paolo Mattei, the strategies of drought in their community and the work performed under the banner of food for work in order to alleviate food shortages in the area.
Worms Contribute to Food Shortage
Drought is not the only threat to the crops of El Chaco, plagues of worms that eat corn are affecting the new crop. Women of the Yubatitindi community in Camiri, Santa Cruz, believe that if the worms are tied to the plants with human hair, the plague will slowly disappear.
Food is an Incentive for People to Stay in Town
Community leader of Arenal in the Cuevo Municipality in Santa Cruz, Olga Vaca, together with her husband, reported that with the incentive of food compassed and cleared their land that appears behind her in preparation for planting.
Women Prepare the Land for Planting
Women of the Arenal community, cleaning their land in preparation for planting. In exchange for their work, they received food that mitigated the effects of drought in this area.
High Probability of Crop Failure
In the Laguna Kamatyndi community, of Boyuibe Municipality, Santa Cruz, Captain Juan Domingo Valencia told WFP Representative in Bolivia, Paolo Mattei, there is a high probability of crop failure this year (like the previous year) due to lack of rain.
Not All Hope is Lost
In the Villa Merced community, Huacaya Municipality, Chuquisaca, they plant two crops at the same time. The Largest (in the background) has drip irrigation and the crop is promising according to community leader Nellyda Hoyos. However, later planting depends on the amount of rain as the plants will dry out if not irrigated soon.
Diversified Sources of Income
In Timboytiguazu, community leader Fermin Carvajal, explained the need to diversify sources of income. Through another project, they will obtain cattle for which they will create pastures under shade as forage through the Food for Work programme.
WFP Food Assistance A True Blessing
Irene Soruco, friend of the community leader of Timboytiguazu, mentioned that the food from WFP came as a blessing to the community when nearly all other resources had been exhausted. The men had migrated and the women were alone lacking food for the children. With the flour from WFP they were able to make bread to alleviate their family’s hunger.
Bread Baked from WFP Flour
Irene Soruco, partner of the community leader of Timboytiguazu, was grateful for the bread that she made with the flour distributed by WFP. According to Irene food from WFP arrived just before all of her other resources would have been exhausted.
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