Food sovereignty in the Andean region
Mankind has never produced as much food as it does today.
yet 822 million people worldwide still suffer from acute and chronic hunger. Another 2 billion are affected by nutritional deficiencies, according to the Food and Agriculture Organization (2019). 75% of those affected live in rural areas and are mainly female. In the Andes in southern Peru and northern Bolivia, our partners work with over 2590 Quechua and Aymara-speaking smallholder farmers and many social organisations to ensure their right to food. To achieve this, they work with agro-ecological farming methods, thanks to which they not only cultivate the soil and fields in harmony with nature and bind climate-damaging CO2 into the soil, but also create new food systems with the help of local seeds, bio-fertilisers and small vineyards, which provide the families with nutritious food in the long term. In cooperation with our partners, families of one of the most vulnerable and marginalised population groups are thus working on their own resilience, health and autonomy.
The farming families and social organisations are trained and supported in the following areas:
- in agroecological farming methods that diversify the food base and serve to adapt to climate change, in part by reforesting areas;
- Diversification and re-appropriation of local seeds;
- Improved soil & water management;
- to healthy and balanced diets;
- on their rights (right to food, to land, to water, to traditional seeds);
- in the creation of market access and income opportunities;
- on participation in political processes;
- on gender justice and violence prevention
You can find more information on the topic in the video contribution of our partner PNS: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9jvJl9vOE_g&t=535s