Erin Beasley, MEM

2013 TRI Fellow in Bolivia

Non-Profit Perceptions of Smallholder Agriculture in Cochabamba, Bolivia

My summer research considered the current role of non-profit organizations promoting smallholder agriculture in Cochabamba, Bolivia.  I used interviews, participant observation and review of published documents to describe the diversity of approaches, policies, and programs that these organizations are working to advance among their beneficiaries. My questions also considered how each organization differentiated the contested terms “food security” and “food sovereignty.”  Preliminary results show that the non-profit sector has some recurring justifications for its role in supporting smallholder farmers, but that the sector also has a wide diversity of approaches that have been significantly influenced by national and international politics.