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.
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.