Food Stability for Bolivian Farmers – Alternative Gifts

Mano a Mano is happy to be included in the Alternative Gifts International Catalog this year. View our Project Page on Alternative Gifts International here.

Mano a Mano’s Project Page on Alternative Gifts – More Information

Bolivia is one of the poorest countries in South America. Many families live on whatever they are able to grow for food. Subsistence farmers in Bolivia have recently completed a water project with the help and guidance of Mano a Mano (MAM). This provides agricultural water for 9,000 families whose incomes average $300 yearly. Once these families had access to a reliable water supply, they asked MAM to teach them how to grow fruits and vegetables (their diet has been almost entirely corn and potatoes) and train them on the most efficient use of water. In response, MAM initiated the Center for Ecological Agriculture (CEA). It includes a 2.5-acre crop demonstration garden with greenhouses, pens, and pasture for small animals, prototype farm ponds and cisterns, a bio-digester, mulching, composting areas, and ecological sanitation facilities. Your gift will help train subsistence farmers to manage their water and soil resources, and plant fruits and vegetables appropriate for their land.

Farmers visiting Mano a Mano's Center for Ecological Agriculture in Cochabamba, Bolivia.

Farmers visiting Mano a Mano’s Center for Ecological Agriculture in Cochabamba, Bolivia.

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