Bolivia is currently facing major problems with poverty and malnutrition. A key factor in these difficult living conditions is the semi-desert climate of the Bolivian highlands, located 3,800 meters above sea level. Isolated, vulnerable and left behind, the indigenous Aymara people who live in this area face significant challenges from climate change, such as droughts and poor soil and livestock quality. Precarious living conditions and food insecurity are behind the alarming indicators of chronic malnutrition, as 1 out of 3 children show signs of malnutrition. Chronic malnutrition is twice as high in the very vulnerable areas of the Andean region where the Innovation and Mobilization for Food Security (IMFS) project provides aid and support.
The Bolivian government is concerned by these problems and has committed to improving the situation. In 2009, Bolivia decreed that food security is a basic right for its entire population, which led to a number of strategic actions, such as the creation of the PROLECHE Fund. This has led to the increased production of milk and dairy products and has almost doubled the country’s per capita milk consumption in three years. The IMFS project is therefore a continuation of initiatives to support food health in the country.
Present in Bolivia since the 1980s, the LÉGER FOUNDATION has supported more than twenty projects in a number of areas, including two food security projects in the department of La Paz to help dairy farmers and to improve the nutrition of migrant women in peri-urban areas.
Launched in April 2015, the IMFS project reinforces skills and technical assistance for farmers in the province of Los Andes while building the strengths of five local associations and the national milk producers federation. Developed in collaboration with the indigenous Aymara communities and PRO-RURAL in rural areas, and in collaboration with migrant indigenous women and the Fundación Centro de Cultura Popular (FCCP) in peri-urban areas, the FSIM is an inclusive project that incorporates and improves on traditional practices. The project is in direct line with the LÉGER FOUNDATION’s partnership approach that fosters solidarity and fairness in all of its initiatives.