RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - For decades, agribusinesses in eastern Bolivia have claimed that the country's food security depends on their thousands of hectares primarily planted with corn and soybeans. A recent study by the Peasant Research and Promotion Center (CIPCA) and the Institute for Socio-Economic Research (IISEC) showed that 61% of the food consumed in the country is the product of peasant family farming.
According to the research, agribusiness produces only 1% of what is eaten in Bolivian homes. The remainder is exported: 38% corresponds to food from abroad, mostly from Peru. A large part is smuggled.
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