Bolivia is one of the poorest countries in Latin America, with two thirds of its population living below the poverty line. Despite a slight reduction in inequality in recent years, it remains one of the most unequal countries in the world. Like other Andean countries, Bolivia is prone to recurrent natural disasters, including flooding and drought, due to the El Niño and La Niña climate patterns. These disasters are hardest on the poor, causing widespread damage and leading to reduced access to water and increasing food prices.
What we’re doing
We’ve been working in Bolivia since 2000, providing thousands of people with better access to food and boosting their resilience to disasters. We’re also working with health partners to strengthen the current health system to better address child malnutrition.
In 2010, Bolivia was beset by protracted droughts that caused widespread water scarcity and crippled staple crop harvests. In response, our teams raced to secure emergency water supplies for communities facing extreme shortages, while equipping 4,500 farming families with tools after their harvests were destroyed. We’ve also implemented sustainable, community-based agriculture projects in the Rio Grande’s lower basin. In areas prone to recurrent drought, we’ve promoted a variety of measures to preserve soil moisture and avoid erosion, introducing ecologically appropriate manure, teaching crop rotation techniques, and working on solutions to livestock overgrazing.
We’re committed to continuing our work with Bolivia’s most vulnerable communities to address the challenges they face.