Reclaiming an old tradition to meet a new challenge. Growing hardier, native varieties of potatoes helps farmers in Bolivia withstand a changing climate.
Lidia Chambi recalls stories from generations ago where farmers in her community grew hundreds of potato varieties. But as decades passed, the names, shapes and colours of these abundant varieties got lost along the way. Growing up, her family could only grow a few types of potatoes.
MCC partner Programa de Desarollo Integral Interdisciplinario (PRODII) is dedicated to reducing the effects of climate change and guaranteeing food security for the most vulnerable Indigenous rural farmers. In Chiro Kasa and the surrounding communities, PRODII is helping farmers bring back native plants and seeds and providing them with micro tunnels to keep vegetables safe.
As more potatoes are recovered, Lidia is helping guarantee food and extra income for families including her own. “I and my family continue to work, looking for better days, producing our food for self-consumption.”
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