Bolivia (Plurinational State of) is among the top ten most biodiverse countries in the world. However, it has been severely affected by extreme weather conditions such as floods and droughts, whose impact on agriculture and access to food heighten the effects of poverty and food insecurity for rural and Indigenous people.
Despite significant economic and social progress, including a drastic reduction in extreme poverty, and improvements in nutrition and life expectancy, the country continues to face serious challenges in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals.
With the right to food enshrined in the Constitution, the Government is committed to ending extreme poverty by 2025. The World Food Programme (WFP) works with national and local institutions, and other partners, to support this goal and to reduce the double burden of malnutrition (undernutrition and obesity/overweight).
WFP promotes the production and consumption of diverse ancestral and nutritious foods that are essential to the cultural identity of the 36 Indigenous peoples and communities in the country. The role of WFP is evolving from providing direct assistance to supporting the government's efforts in addressing food insecurity and malnutrition, through technical assistance, advocacy and communication.
What the World Food Programme is doing in the Plurinational State of Bolivia
Bolivia is the Latin American country most affected by extreme weather. WFP provides cash assistance to those affected by climate-related disasters, so they can access food. We also involve people in activities that strengthen their resilience to future crises, including small animal husbandry, fish production and handicrafts.
WFP prepared studies on the cost of the double burden of malnutrition, which the Ministry of Health and Sports used to develop a strategy to reduce undernutrition and obesity/overweight among Bolivians. Campaigns include Restaurant Week, to boost the consumption of highly nutritious local products, and creating gastronomy trends based on local ingredients.
Support for Indigenous farmers
WFP provides cash assistance to small-scale Indigenous farmers experiencing food insecurity, so they can meet their food and nutritional needs. Farmers also learn techniques about agriculture, small-animal husbandry, entrepreneurship, e-commerce and the management of digital platforms, so they can place their produce in local and regional markets.
WFP supports ministries by developing digital information tools on food systems, such as ICCOM, an online platform integrated into all government websites that provides food security data at national, departmental, municipal and community level.
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