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17/07/2017

Promoting productive alliances for rural development in Argentina

A project in Argentina offers support to small producer associations in remote areas in order to further social inclusion. With various initiatives under development, the challenge lies in finding effective, sustainable commercial channels for these producers. 

 

Most of the inhabitants in the northern provinces of Argentina (Northeastern Argentina, or NEA, and Northwestern Argentina, NOA, according to their acronyms in Spanish) and Patagonia are small family farmers from indigenous communities. They live in very remote areas, often isolated from the rest of the country, with rather precarious connections to public services and markets. The goal of the Socio-Economic Inclusion in Rural Areas Project (PISEAR according to its acronym in Spanish) is to improve the infrastructure in these regions, increase their organization and collective management capacities and facilitate producers’ access to markets.

Within this context, so-called productive alliances offer a qualitative advance for these producers, with clear positive impacts on aspects such as quality, volume and final profit margins. Carlos Puig Esteve, a value chain expert at FAO, recently visited the country on a supervision mission to monitor six productive alliances in the regions of El Chaco, Corrientes and Misiones. “We visited six of the 31 proposed alliances, two per province, in order to conduct quality assessments of the identification processes of the productive alliances,” he commented. “A brief report was developed after each meeting, including our primary impressions. Recommendations were made regarding the methodology to be used for the process of identifying and guiding the supply and demand within these provinces.”

The FAO expert also visited Buenos Aires to participate in meetings with the agency Unidad para el Cambio Rural (UCAR), which pertains to the Ministry of Agroindustry and is in charge of the project’s implementation. He also explored product distribution and sales channels through meetings with fruit and vegetable vendors at the city’s Central Market. “I met with different fruit and vegetable buyers proposing productive alliances with producer associations and cooperatives from the provinces of Misiones and El Chaco,” Puig explained.

Financed by the World Bank, PISEAR was initiated in 2014. It was launched in 2015 and is anticipated to be finalized in 2021.

Author: Jordi Vaqué
Photo Credit: Masha via Flickr (CC BY-NC 2.0)

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