Technological innovation is the backbone of the work of Fundación Valles. It is the way in which we maintain direct contact with the reality of Bolivian agriculture, understand the needs and respond appropriately.
Implementing participatory processes of collecting and prioritizing technology and market demands has been shown to be the basis of success in project design. Focusing attention on production chains, based on long-term programs, has been a deciding factor in serving the critical factors that limit agribusiness development and stand in the way of adequate economic development for the families of small farmers.
From 2001 through March 31, 2012, Fundación Valles has worked with 12 programs based on production chains like onion, ají, herbs and spices, tomatoes, table grapes, peanuts, peaches, berries, cut flowers, vegetables, dairy and a new opportunity program. We have completed 136 projects and currently have 14 underway. Our accumulated beneficiary population consists of more than 58, 184 small farm families grouped into 122 grassroots organizations and small enterprises. It has covered 80 municipalities in 7 departments of Bolivia.
The interventions focus on the dissemination of existing innovations. Other activities to generate, adapt and validate technologies are carried out depending on the agro-ecological conditions in each region according to the development levels and requirements of each program.
Fundación Valles is contributing favorably to the growth in competitiveness in the country's agricultural sector by increasing yields and reducing losses for growing and during post-harvest stages for the majority of the crops served; improvement in quality and prices of tradition crops; diversification in the productive base and introduction of non-traditional crops as well as creating added value to primary production with support to the transformation stage, product development and positioning and trademarks, improvement of market channels and opening local and international markets.
These elements, among others, have enabled development of suppliers and services to the programs, as well as small growers' access to export markets which undoubtedly contributes to better income and quality of life for the families in the programs.