FAO Regional Office for Latin America and the Caribbean

In the protagonists' own words: The case of Peru

About six years ago, the New Zealand Aid Programme approached the FAO Regional Office for Latin America and the Caribbean with the intention of developing its aid programme in the region. Common issues and interests immediately emerged, which resulted in the design and implementation of the FORSANDINO project. The project, which had a relatively small budget, was designed so that it could deal with this budgetary restriction and overcome it.

The impact assessment of the project, which compares the participant population with a control group, shows that 31.4% of participating families consider that their level of nutrition is good or very good, compared with 24.8% of the control group. This is confirmed by the fact that the value of food consumed by the participating families is 35.7% higher than in the control group. Also, at the end of the project, the income per capita of the participating families was 54.4% higher than in the control group. In addition to these quantitative indicators, the study showed greater involvement of community members in public spaces, from taking part in budget discussions to participating in workshops on native potatoes.

This document describes the project's approach, including its coordination with other initiatives and government programmes, its holistic view of development, its emphasis on strategic planning and skills training, and its total respect for local dynamics and the worldview of indigenous peoples. This is complemented by the publication of Three Successful Cases for Successful Public Policies in Peru, as well as similar reports on the Ecuador experience, a cookbook of Traditional High-Andean Cuisine and a DVD with the tools generated by the project.

The current situation in food markets, which today are closely linked to energy and financial markets, requires a review of models for agricultural production, processing, trade and consumption. The systematization of the FORSANDINO project seeks to share the lessons learned in four years of work, so they can be used by other programmes and policies aimed at improving the living conditions of Andean communities. The project also aims to contribute to the design of new rural development models that are sustainable and more inclusive, while recognizing that there is still much to learn about indigenous systems.

Salomón Salcedo
Senior Policy Officer / Project Leader
FAO Regional Office for Latin America and the Caribbean

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