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Building the Livelihoods of Bolivian Farmers

To raise the income of a significant number of low-income families in the Bolivian Valles and Altiplano regions, the Market Access and Poverty Alleviation II project facilitated access to technology and markets.
In response to 83 percent of Bolivians living below the poverty line, the Market Access and Poverty Alleviation II project worked from 2005 until 2010 to raise incomes for rural Bolivians by increasing entrepreneurs’ access to agricultural technology and marketing services. The USAID-funded project, a continuation of an earlier USAID contract, increased the income of the Bolivian population through promotion of sustainable agriculture and natural resource management based on productive and business opportunities.
 
 
​The project worked with the Agricultural Technological Development Foundation and local partners in the Valleys and Altiplano regions to improve farmer livelihoods. Rural poverty rates in the Valles and Altiplano regions reach as high as 87 pecent and 95 pecent respectively. Investments in some of the least productive regions in the country have created exponential impact for farmers growing peanuts, oregano, faba beans, and other crops. Farmers participated in 79 projects under the project, focusing on accessing markets by taking actions conducive to the growth and sustainability to agribusiness.
 
In implementing the project, Chemonics used a demand-driven approach to develop the agricultural sector in the Valleys and Altiplano regions. Chemonics built the capacity of Bolivian farmers and small and medium enterprises to improve their products, production, and marketing. The project strengthened 122 producer associations to create sustainable commodity chains using technical assistance and grants, while raising incomes 40 percent. The project generateed more than $11 million in sales, with international sales of more than $2 million and domestic sales of more than $9 million.
 
Project Results:
  • Improved income of producers in the Valles and Altiplano regions by 40%
  • Generated 429 jobs for men and 81 for women
  • Contributed about $405.6 million to Bolivia’s gross domestic product
  • Generated more than $11 million in total sales
  • 2,600 economically vulnerable producers developed lasting trade ties

Final Report

​Project Duration: 2005 − 2010.

 

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