Pastores Andinos, the makers of the economy and food integration in the Andes

Deepen the knowledge about food and nutrition without forgetting local traditions. Promoting regional economy and the right to food in the communities.

Country (*)
Beneficiaries (*)

Local partners

CICCA- Centro de Investigación y Capacitación Campesina, Apurímac, Perú.

Coordinadora de Organizaciones Campesinas e Instituciones Agrarias del Perú (Coordinadora Rural), Perú.

CIOEC - Coordinadora de Integración de Organizaciones Económicas Campesinas, Bolivia.

INTA - Instituto Nacional de Tecnología Agropecuaria, Centro Regional Salta-Jujuy, Argentina.

Ministerio de la Producción de la Provincia de Jujuy- Programa Camélidos, Argentina.

TUCAYTA - Tukuy Cañar Ayllukunapa Tantanakuy, Ecuador.

International partners

ACRA - Cooperazione Rurale in Africa e America Latina, Italia.

ISCOS CISL - Istituto Sindacale per la Cooperazione allo Sviluppo, Italia.

Università di Camerino – Scuola di Scienze Ambientali, Italia.

Funding agencies

European Union

Starting date

Februay 2014

Implementation period

40 Months

The program is focused on guaranteeing food security to the population of Andes, by enhancing the cooperation among camelid breeders (Alpaca, Lama, Vigogna), local and regional institutions, national governments across the Argentinian, Bolivian, Ecuadorean and Peruvian borders. The objective is to support the farmers living in the most remoted areas; by doing so, the shepards should be able to face food security by gaining a greater political visibility and, as a consequence, sensibilize the political society on the topic.

Supporting shepards’ food security in the Andes means also targeting specific goals.  Precisely, these aims consist of:

  • the introduction and promotion of camelid breeders organizations in the food security decision-making process;
  • spreading the knowledge concerning food security in two steps: on one hand, involve traditions and, on the other hand, compare them with the support of women’ associations so to appraise communities values;
  • encouraging a decision-making process which, respectively, promotes the right to local and healthy food and sustains farming and pastoral production, so to wide the supply of local products.

Starting with a deep analysis of food programs, the activities will then channel the promotion of  new nutrition models and the inclusion of local products, respecting the customs and traditions of the population (for instance, the reintroduction of llama and alpaca meat). Three levels of action could be highlighted:

Economy and production:

  • Socio-economic surveys analyzing the conditions of Andes shepards;
  • Programs focused on grazing and water source management;
  • Good practices related to technical assistance and Transfer of Technology (TOT) among the involved countries;
  • Trade and productive exchange among the shepards associations.


  • Participation and agreement practices among communities, camelid breeders, local authorities and national institutions will be enhanced;
  • Transnational Andes program focused on associations;
  • Seminars meeting the topics of associational interchange and public policy planning for implementing social and economic programs.


  • Comparative study of the Andes region food programs for a further (and more specific) proposal;
  • Promotion of  new nutrition models and the inclusion of local products, respecting the customs and       traditions of the population (for instance, the reintroduction of llama and alpaca meat);
  • Shepards’ proposals will be supported when dealing with the public policy planning process and working in cooperation with government and local authorities;
  • Ecological interchange among farmers and shepards will be used as a tool to ensure food security, so to appraise the barter (non monetary economy) as a system for exchanging products;
  • Healthy coordinated food program to be promoted.


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