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    Program in Bolivia improves nutrition practices but increases prevalence of overweight children. Where did it go wrong?

    By - 20 de December de 2016, 5:38 pm

    By Gastón Gertner, Julia Johannsen, and Sebastián Martínez


    Bolivian mother and daughter. Photo: Consejo de salud rural andino

    Stunting and wasting, just like anemia, have been persistent problems in several Latin American and Caribbean countries for decades. Bolivia is no exception. About three out of every 10 Bolivian children under the age of five are affected by malnutrition, the result of which is delayed growth. However, despite advances in recent years, Bolivian children, especially those in rural and poor peri-urban areas are still affected by malnutrition. Read more…

    WhatsApp: A tool for development work in Bolivia

    By - 6 de December de 2016, 3:40 pm

    By Gastón Gertner


    A program coordinator using Whatsapp in one of IDB’s water and sanitation projects. Photo: Gastón Gertner.

    Back in 2010, as an Argentine attending grad school in the United States, a close friend of mine introduced me to the free text-messaging service called WhatsApp. There was only a handful of us who used it on campus. Most of my American fellow students just used regular text messages, but for me, WhatsApp offered a free way of staying in touch with my friends and family back in Buenos Aires.

    Almost six years later, WhatsApp has vastly expanded its reach, making it easier than ever to connect with people, especially in the developing world. It has been joined by other platforms such as Viber, Instagram, Snapchat, and Facebook Messenger.

    According to the global web index, 86% of the population in Latin America and the Caribbean’s have mobile phones. And the use of WhatsApp is the highest in the region with a user penetration of 66%. Read more…

    The Juana Azurduy Voucher Program: health services for mothers and their children

    By - 31 de May de 2016, 8:00 am

    “I didn’t go to the health center because it took a long time, and on top of that they treated me badly,” recounted a Quechua woman in the town of Oruro, Bolivia. “We have our own customs for childbirth”.

    Source: IDB

    Image: IDB

    She is not alone in those views. According to a recent national survey, the main reason why women avoid prenatal care is distrust of health personnel (26 percent). Other reasons include the distance they must travel to reach the health facility (21 percent), lack of time because they are busy with children or work (12 percent), and opposition from their spouse or family (6 percent). Read more…

    Short-term triggers of agricultural productivity in Bolivia

    By - 29 de March de 2016, 7:00 am

    Thanks to the implementation of CRIAR’s program,  beneficiary households diversify their crop portfolio, producing nontraditional crops with greater value added in larger areas. At the same time beneficiary households are modifying their household economy, moving from self-sustainment toward a more market-oriented structure.

    Bolivian farmer CRIAR Bolivia

    Bolivian farmer. Image: iStock

    Carlos Pacheco is one of 17,000 beneficiaries of the CRIAR program in Bolivia. The program provides financial support to small-scale farmers to buy low-cost agricultural technologies, along with technical assistance to use and apply them. CRIAR organizes technology fairs in rural areas of Bolivia so that small-scale farmers like Mr. Pacheco can obtain information regarding various agricultural technologies and purchase those that best fit their needs. Read more…

    Can animal waste be harnessed to promote development?

    By - 9 de February de 2016, 7:00 am

    By Horacio Aguirre-Villegas.

    Using bio-gas to produce energy can reduce GHG emissions and increase agricultural productivity. But it also can vastly improve the quality of life for people living in poor, rural communities by providing them with electricity and cooking fuel, saving them from having to walk long distances to collect firewood.

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    A neighbor from Mejillones community checking a biogas pipeline. Image: HAV

    The Mendez family lives in the Mejillones community just outside the city of Cobija in Pando, Bolivia. To support his family, Freddy works at two dairy farms. Roxana takes care of their two children, 13-year-old Prince and Kevin, age 5.

    When Freddy is not home, young Prince is responsible for the herd of cows. Roxana spends most of her day doing the house chores, where cooking for her family is a time-consuming activity. Even though she has a gas stove that runs on liquefied petroleum gas (LPG), she has not used it in a long time.

    Her LPG tanks have been stolen several times and purchasing them in the city involves extra cost and time. As a result, Roxana collects wood and cooks all daily meals for her family on a wood stove. Read more…