Project highlights: Social and environmental disaster risk management for food security and nutrition in Latin America and the Caribbean (OSRO / RLA / 602 / BRA) - Bolivia (Plurinational State of)

Objective: Ensure that countries in Latin America and the Caribbean are better equipped to deal with social and environmental disaster risks, in order to prepare and respond to future crises that could threaten food security and nutrition, and thereby the resilience of the most vulnerable To strengthen households.

Key partner: Government departments responsible for disaster risk management, sub-national government agencies and ministries of agriculture, the environment and planning.

Beneficiary reached: National, departmental, local and municipal government agencies, including technical and planning staff from the line ministries of agriculture, the environment, planning and disaster risk management; rural development workers and community sponsors; civil society organizations at the community level; and smallholders, livestock and fisheries, including indigenous, Afro-descended and pastoral mountain peoples in Colombia and Bolivia (plurinational state).

Activities implemented: Bolivia (Plurinational State)

  • Construction of 46 family cisterns (16,000 liters each) and two community cisterns (52,000 liters each) for water use by households and livestock as well as for plant irrigation.

  • Construction of bridges over the main water distribution channel of the Desaguadero River in the municipality of Toledo to ensure the safe passage of 1,000 animals during the flood season.

  • Construction of 180 shortened water canals for water abstraction to facilitate water consumption by sheep and camelids, benefiting 320 families in 31 municipalities in three municipalities.

  • 27 tons of potato cuttings (of the Huaycha variety), 50 kg of quinoa seeds and a variety of vegetable seeds were distributed.

  • Carry out animal health campaigns to deworm 15,000 sheep, 5,000 camelids and 300 cattle.

  • Distribution of 1,800 kg of barley and 150 kg of alfalfa seeds for the benefit of 280 and 100 families respectively by restoring native prairie areas and newly cultivated areas for animal feed.

  • Facilitated capacity development initiatives to build, use, and maintain water abstraction, storage, and distribution systems

  • Promoted and coordinated integrated risk management policy, planning and implementation practices and tools among community leaders and national and sub-national policy makers.


  • Rehabilitation of 19 water supply systems with a daily production capacity of 15 m3 in 18 municipalities to improve access to water for 1 003 families.

  • Supplying 1 003 families in 18 communities with seeds and 1 401 tool boxes for agriculture and livestock.

  • Training of 85 members from 17 disaster preparedness committees in basic maintenance of water supply systems.

  • Implementation of workshops and training courses to strengthen capacities in disaster risk management, adaptation to climate change, and food security and nutrition for the benefit of 19 communities (1,829 people, including 1,196 women) as well as workshops on nutrition education, tailored to community leaders and sponsors, and advice Service personnel.

  • Conducted 104 agricultural production workshops targeting local production systems to improve food security and nutrition through rapid recovery and a resilient approach to food production.

  • Organization of 34 workshops on the management of productive livestock systems and 36 workshops on food and nutrition education for small producers and community sponsors.


  • Distributed means of production, tools and feed for animals in need in close cooperation with the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Fisheries.

  • Distributed short cycle seeds, fertilizers and agricultural tools.

  • Providing technical assistance to the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (MOAFF) in assessing and strengthening its agricultural information management systems with a view to future disasters and related agricultural and livelihood losses.


Bolivia (Plurinational State)

  • Increased resistance of food insecure, drought-affected small mountain pastoralists and subsistence farmers in high plateaus against climate change and food shortages through sustainable use and storage of water for plant irrigation as well as for home and livestock farming.

  • Improved access to and application of animal health practices among at-risk livestock owners and improved access to water and feed for their herds, thereby improving preparedness for future climate-related emergencies.

  • Cultivated 18 hectares of land for barley production, the seeds of which are used for cultivation and rehabilitation of another 280 hectares of land.

  • Cultivated 1,000 m2 of land for forage production and 300 m2 for seed production.

  • Strengthening the capacity of local government agencies from the most drought-hit regions who have adopted new risk prevention and reduction technologies as part of their public systems through the establishment of nearly 300 demonstration areas that contribute to improved food security and nutrition, and poverty reduced.


  • Increased water supply through the installation of suitable infrastructure for human consumption as well as for agricultural and animal use.

  • Improved observation of essential hygiene practices in the household.

  • Improved coordination and working arrangements between municipalities and members of the national and sub-national Disaster Risk Management Committee on access to and use of water and the adaptability of agricultural livelihoods.

  • Restoring agricultural and livestock production in households through the introduction of an agro-climatic risk management approach.

  • The technical capacities of households with regard to agroclimatic risk management have been strengthened and their resilience to extreme and prolonged droughts has been increased.

  • Rehabilitates the livelihoods of 398 families in the Putumayo department thanks to the daily production of 1,000 eggs (an increase of 80 percent) and the production of 25,900 kg (an increase of 85 percent) of fruit, vegetables, roots, tubers and spices Medicinal plants in the first quarter of 2019 and increased further to 129,500 kg within 12 months.


  • Improved access to short cycle seeds and agricultural inputs for 1,125 smallholders and their families at risk.

  • Additional resources mobilized to support MOAFF’s agricultural information management systems.