The rural areas of Cusco, Ica, and La Libertad are among the most underdeveloped regions in Peru. Much of the indigenous population lives in abject poverty. The initiative Sierra Productiva combines age-old knowledge in this cultural area with new findings, helping small farmers develop a stable subsistence economy while opening up opportunities for cooperative farming.
The program consists of 18 simple but effective technologies along with ideas for their application – from irrigation and land management to energy supply – all developed and implemented in collaboration with the farmers. The result is an increase in agricultural yields. The program also develops strategies for processing and marketing the products grown on the farmers’ small landholdings and initiates partnerships.
Sierra Productiva was conceived by the Instituto para una Alternativa Agraria (IAA) and has been implemented since 2011 in collaboration with partners including Siemens Stiftung, which focuses primarily on the areas of water and renewable energies. Nearly 500 families participate in the project.