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Food governance in the Andean region (Peru, Bolivia and Ecuador)

This project, implemented by Plan International, with funding and technical advisory from the European Union, aims at guaranteeing food and nutritional security in poor regions of Peru, Bolivia and Ecuador.

To do so, farmers participating in the project receive training in issues such as food and economic security, business management, gender equality and others, which will enable them to strengthen their farming organisations and to create larger scale farming networks.

They also receive advisory from Plan International and the European Union to increase their participation and influence in public spaces where they can advocate for better laws and public policies regarding food security. It is in those spaces where –empowered– farmers can establish a direct dialogue with their authorities and other development partners.

Local authorities also receive training, so that they can properly manage their respective districts’ food production projects and apply for extra fund from the national government.

Thanks to this project, farming organisations are increasing their probabilities of accessing new markets and commercialisation networks with higher standards. This way, farmers and their families increase their income and, hence, their quality of life.

Farmers show and sell their products in local and regional markets.
Farmers show and sell their products in local and regional markets.

By the end of the project, farmers and their communities will have a better economic and physical access to food; they will be able to make full use of their nutrients; and the physical availability of food will have been improved.

My name is Sabina Yanque and I am the President of the ‘Peruvian Guinea Pig Producers’ Association from Sipascancha community’. Thanks to the project, I could create this guinea pig producers network and, altogether, we have improved our rearing techniques and commercialisation methods. I still use guinea pigs  to feed my family, but now I can also sell the guinea pigs.

 

Sabina Yanque, President of the ‘Peruvian Guinea Pig Producers’ Association from Sipascancha community’
Sabina Yanque, President of the ‘Peruvian Guinea Pig Producers’ Association from Sipascancha community’

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