People Helped in 2017: 12,651
Bolivia is home to some of the highest poverty rates in all of South America, with over 75% of Bolivian households lacking regular access to basic foods -- conditions that are particularly acute among rural and indigenous communities. In response to this long-standing reality, the Bolivian government instituted a national Zero Malnutrition Program in 2006 that prioritized tackling undernutrition amongst communities experiencing high rates of food insecurity.
Action Against Hunger has worked with at-risk communities in Bolivia since 2000, providing thousands with long-term food security and livelihood support while strengthening the health system to better address childhood malnutrition. Our teams work in close collaboration with local communities to build resilience to seasonal hunger and undernutrition by helping communities strengthen and diversify their livelihood options, promoting diet diversification, and ensuring that families have the means to incorporate more nutritious foods.
In the last decade, the growth and maintenance of the Bolivian economy has helped to reduce poverty from 59 percent to 39 percent. Social indicators have improved, but significant inequalities persist by location, ethnicity, gender, and socioeconomic stratum.
In rural areas, where most of the indigenous population lives and represents more than half of the Bolivian population, poverty is related to the lack of essential assets. Less favored areas where the population with fewer resources are generally peasant farmers owners of small plots, without access to basic infrastructure. In 2017, we concluded our operations in the country.