The Bolivian government recently decided to invest $40 million in local food production, cutting back on transportation emissions and boosting the security of small farming operations. The country’s leadership hopes to source 100 percent of food supplies from their own land by the end of the next decade.
The Public Institute for Food Sovereignty, or IPDSA in its Spanish acronym form, has reported a 25 percent increase in local food production in 2014 and hopes to continue this rate of growth within the next few years. With the government’s large investment, small- and medium-sized farms across the country can expect to receive assistance with farming technology improvements, such as irrigation systems and support for livestock breeding, as well as seeds for planting crops.
Already, 20 new projects have started in various parts of the country to increase production in these smaller farms. Some specific areas of focus for farmers include increasing yields for potatoes, tomatoes, wheat, vegetables, fruits, coffee, and cocoa as well as improving fishing practices. The decision to invest in their own production is being lauded as great economic policy, as well as being a helpful step towards decreasing carbon emissions as less food needs to be transported from other countries.