SCORE Bolivia welcomes new learnings and perspectives on Bolivia's food heritage and decent work

An ILO, MIGA and HUB4MA delegation participated in the Terra Madre Salone del Gusto 2022 event in Turin last year. Thank to this, they now adopt new perspectives to promote the Bolivian culinary heritage through a decent work lens.

Noticia | 18 de enero de 2023
La Paz – 140 out of a total 23 411 enterprises in La Paz are engaged in production, marketing and export of Andean grains, especially quinoa. Strengthening of these value chains has enabled MSMEs to play a very important role in the adoption of new technologies and access to international markets.

In September 2022, a delegation of the ILO SCORE Project in Bolivia, the Bolivian Food and Gastronomic Integration Movement (MIGA) and the Hub of the 4 Magnificent Andean Regions (HUB4MA) participated in the Terra Madre Salone del Gusto 2022 event in Turin. Accompanied by an agriculture engineer, Trigidia Jiménez, the delegation promoted the Bolivian Andean grains value chains, particularly of tarwi, cañahua, amaranth and quinoa, and exchanged knowledge and information on production and export of products with key global market players.

Food security in Bolivia continues to face critical challenges in the aftermath of the COVID-19 pandemic. Taking this into account is crucial to designing and adapting value chain development in order to ensure that companies and workers fully benefit from business development services and productive jobs.

Visiting Italy allowed me to learn about other food production realities. Being able to connect with people allowed us to approach negotiation scenarios and sustainable strategies to promote our products through a new lens.

Trigidia Jiménez, producer of the Andean cañahua bean and founder of Granja Samiri.

During this event, the delegation attended 6 roundtables and conferences, where they discussed experiences, goals, challenges and best practices related to food systems with attention to sustainability, social inclusion, gender and decent work.

Acting through approaches that do not look at Andean grain value chains in isolation but through a systematic lens will promote decent jobs and incomes for women and men.

Chandni Lanfranchi, Technical Officer for SME Development and Formalization, ILO Andean Office.

Phase IV (2022-23) of the ILO SCORE Programme in Bolivia aims to strengthen SME visibility and exchange in the Andean grains sector to access new international markets, create new jobs and improve productivity and working conditions from a gender perspective.