about Alternativas

Who we are

Fundación Alternativas is a non-profit organization dedicated to generate sustainable approaches that lead to greater food security in Bolivia.  Alternativas works to unite civic, public, and private efforts in the design and application of public policies, programs, and initiatives that allow people and communities to satisfy their universal right to food.

our work

What we do

  • Food Policy

    Fundación Alternativas works alongside local governments to create multidisciplinary and multistakeholder working groups known as Municipal Food Security Committees. Members work together to develop legislative and investment proposals aimed at renovating local food systems to ensure these are efficient and equitable.

  • Urban agriculture

    Fundación Alternativas teaches citizens how, when and why to grow food at home and in the neighborhood. Additionally, the organization transforms underutilized spaces into urban food gardens that empower citizens to play a more active role in guaranteeing their right to food.

  • Education

    Fundación Alternativas works alongside teachers to develop classroom material on food security, healthy eating and school gardens. This educational material is developed with and for teachers and is designed in compliance with national education policies.

Food security

in Bolivia

In Bolivia, close to 70% of the population is living in urban areas, and approximately 50% is concentrated in just four cities: La Paz, El Alto, Santa Cruz y Cochabamba. Studies estimate that 60% of urban residents in Bolivia survive on less than U$ 2 a day and that low income households spend up to 80% of their income on food. In this light, any fluctuation in the price of food has a significant impact on the well-being of thousands of people and families.

 

As the world becomes increasingly urban, opportunities arise for cities to play a greater role in the search for innovations that can ensure citizens are able to satisfy their right to food. Today, more than ever, citizens and governments must work side by side to adopt policies, programs and innovations that generate the means and ways to ensure food security and wellbeing for present and future generations.