Who feeds Bolivia? The key role of peasant family farming

A study by civil society organizations highlights the contribution of family farms to the country's food security. Greater support to the sector to increase productivity and competitiveness is demanded from the government.

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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