Agroforestry in Venezuela | Revitalizing Traditional Agroforestry Practices in Venezuela
The World Food Programme estimates that 2.3 million Venezuelans are severely “food insecure” and that an additional 7 million are “moderately food insecure.” It translates to 1 out of 3 Venezuelans, over 32% of the population, in need of food resources. Consequently, 74 % of families have reduced the variety and the quality of their daily diet, with 60 % reporting reductions in the portion size of their meals, as of January 2020. Global organizations estimate this situation worsened with the global COVID-19 pandemic. Indigenous communities, in particular, are at greater risk as they lost autonomy over their lands, forcing them to rely on scarce social programs.
Revitalizing indigenous crop designs is a proven, effective, and replicable strategy for reducing deforestation while ensuring local communities’ subsistence across different Venezuelan regions. An organization in Venezuela leverages USAID funding to tackle this issue by providing training and materials that incorporate sustainable agricultural practices for food security.
Activities include developing an updated land-use map, creating agroforestry patios and germplasm banks with locally sourced seeds, establishing community animal shelters, and incorporating training to help other communities benefit from the pilot farms.
Also, the organization empowers women with leadership programs, community engagement and autonomy activities. This project benefits approximately 350 people in nine communities and 30,000 indirect beneficiaries.
Focus Areas and Impact
|Agriculture, Agroforestry and Food Security|