5 lessons on how to improve local purchases in Bolivia

Here is what the World Food Programme (WFP) has discovered through a pilot project to link local smallholder farmers with municipal food-based programmes

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APHMAU Smallholder association in the process of baking quinoa cookies. Photo: WFP/Morelia Eróstegui

1. Break the fear: get small producers and municipal authorities to know each other

To address this issue, WFP conducted training sessions on the mechanisms of sale and purchase to 17 municipalities using two different payment modalities: cash and voucher. As a pilot activity, WFP facilitated the purchase of processed food from smallholders’ associations for use in municipal school feeding programs. WFP helped both parties overcome barriers and jointly face any problems that might arise. This experience allowed local producers to strengthen their productive and distribution capacity, so they could meet the quality and quantity requirements of municipalities and appreciate the potential of municipal purchases. It also allowed WFP to decide on the most cost-effective payment modality so that it could inform the formulation of its strategic planning for 2018–2022.

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A smallholder association delivers quinoa flakes to a Municipality. Photo: WFP/Patricia Choque

2. Ensure sustainability through securing markets

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Julián, his father and the principal of his school receiving dehydrated meat from smallholders. Photo: WFP/Jose Velasco

3. Cash is best

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Griselda, a smallholder peanut producer posing with her latest production in Entre Ríos Tarija. Photo: WFP/Morelia Eróstegui

4. Create networks of small producers and links to municipal authorities

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Fidelia preparing quinoa bars for the school meals programme in her municipality. Photo: WFP/Morelia Eróstegui

5. Support spontaneous initiatives

The WFP team in Bolivia works to support the national Government in the framework of the fulfillment of Sustainable Development Goal 2: ‘Zero Hunger’ and Pillar 8: ‘Food Sovereignty’ of the Economic and Social Development Plan and the Patriotic Agenda of Bolivia. One of the objectives of WFP’s Country Program 2018–2022 is to strengthen the capacities of small producers to support them in their connection to food-based social protection programs.

Between June 2017 and February 2018, WFP developed a pilot project in the Municipality of Entre Ríos in Tarija department and in 17 municipalities in Oruro department showing high levels of food insecurity. The pilot project aimed to strengthen small producer associations, composed mostly of women, and to enhance the capacities of municipal authorities to purchase processed foods to complement their municipal school feeding programmes.

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