Re-introducing and commercialising native crops
Building on the introduction of organic farming practices and native species of Andean cereals and tubers (potatoes), a micro-savings system, and reforestation activities, this partnership aims to further empower women and improve local communities’ food security.
With white onion being their sole source of income, local farmers were facing food insecurity and complete dependence on local markets. Starting with the formation of a women’s organisation (The New Life Association of Indigenous Women (Nueva Vida) in three neighbouring communities, this women’s initiative has so far re-introduced 30 native species of agricultural crops - cereals and tubers - which are now being used both for their local consumption and for sale through the women’s association.
Driven by concerns over the loss of biodiversity and soil degradation, the women’s organisation has introduced organic farming practices and undertaken reforestation activities. A savings system ensuring financial viability of the initiative has been established.
Association of Indigenous Women of the New Life Community of Lupaxi Convalecencia
Ministry of Agriculture and Cattle
Women’s National Council