Food Security, Land and Territorial Dynamics in Bolivia

Bolivia has been facing chronic food insecurity for many years, mainly due to two factors. The first is the replacement of local food rich in vitamins, proteins and fibre by wheat products (bread and pasta), which have become a central part of the local diet. The second is the decline of small producers from the western side of the country, who previously produced 80% of the national food supply, in favour of large agro-industrial producers in the East. These changes have affected the food security of more than 70% of the rural population.

The government's response has been to freeze food prices to below that of neighboring countries. For the past five years, however, policy interventions have been erratic, resulting in decreased food production and increased illegal imports of food. Recently the government abandoned its policy of selling food below market price and has increased food prices by up to 100% in some cases (sugar) in an effort to slow speculation and reduce waiting lines for staples.

In this project, researchers will analyze the agrarian food policies of the past five years (2006-2010); identify innovative solutions to the problems of inflation and scarcity; and design and test a monitoring system for the new law on food security (La Revolución Productiva Comunitaria Agropecuaria - 26 June 2011). The overall goal is to improve food security, particularly for smallholders and indigenous producers.

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Start Date

Thursday, September 1, 2011

End Date

Wednesday, December 10, 2014


36 months

IDRC Officer

Paz Mendez, Alvaro

Total funding

CA$ 431,920


Bolivia, South America, North and Central America


Agriculture and Food Security

Project Leader

Juan Pablo Chumacero


Fundación Taller de Iniciativas en Estudios Rurales y Reforma Agraria

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