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  • What can cities do to improve food security?
  • Locally grown food can ensure greater access and availability of food to vulnerable groups
  • Urban agriculture has proven to make cities greener and safer
  • Cities can grow much of their own food locally


Our mission at Alternativas is to generate sustainable approaches that lead to greater food security in Bolivia. ​ Alternativas works to unite civic, public, and private efforts in the design and application of public policies, programs, and initiatives that ensure individuals and communities are able to satisfy their universal right to food.

Public Policy

To ensure that cities in Bolivia can proactively tackle food security, Alternativas is exposing municipal governments to urban agriculture. Through institutional partnerships with national and international organizations, Alternativas also prepares manuals, white papers, and tested best practices that offer practical recommendations on easy-to-adopt food policy strategies.

Community Development

The Community Development and Outreach programs at Alternativas aim to teach urban residents in Bolivia how to grow food indoors and outdoors so as to ensure households have greater availability of and access to healthy, nutritious food. In addition, citizen awareness campaigns are aimed at heightening community awareness on food security, health, and nutrition.


Alternativas looks to partner with micro-finance institutions to provide resources and technical assistance to young entrepreneurs interested in starting urban farms. By producing food locally, cities can fuel their local economies, lower unemployment, and reduce their carbon footprint.

“Urban agriculture offers city residents greater food security, improved public health, greener communities, and opportunities to generate income.”

-Maria-Teresa Nogales, Executive Director