Monday, February 1, 2010


In an age when seeds are patented, crops are genetically engineered to be dependent on fertilizers, and
agricultural dumping threatens the livelihood of small-scale and traditional farmers around the world, FundaciĆ³n PROINPA is an organization dedicated to research and technological innovation that supports, protects, and develops the biological and cultural riches of the farming tradition in Bolivia and promotes the “sovereignty and food security” of the Bolivian people.

To achieve this mission, PROINPA has developed three main objectives: the conservation and use of genetic resources, development of technologies for competitiveness and food security, and finally the promotion and dissemination of technologies. Conservation and use of genetic resources is vital in Bolivia—one of only 17 “megadiverse” countries in the world. For PROINPA, this work includes cataloging grains, roots and tubers and encouraging the continued production of these unique crops. Developing technologies for competitiveness and food security includes the introduction of inputs such as fertilizers, pesticides and modern machinery. In addition, PROINPA looks to create the most efficient marketing and distribution strategy for agricultural producers. Finally, the promotion and dissemination of technologies include the establishment of farmer field schools and local agricultural research committees that both train and respond to local farmers as they modify their farming practices

PROINPA partners with dozens of governmental and nongovernmental organizations, including the Bolivian government, various universities around the globe, and USAID and the Peace Corps.

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