BIOSHOPS, Sun-Energy for food security and Resilience

  • Storage
  • Solar power
  • Developed market

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World Food Programe Colombia

Published 07 Feb 2017

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BIOSHOPS, Sun-Energy for food security and Resilience

Renewable energy, particularly solar cells, is crucial for improving access to drinking water and irrigation. So using of renewable energy in partnership with counterparts, WFP works directly with participants to improve their productive systems, which ensures adequate consumption of fresh fruits and vegetables, improving food access in indigenous Wayúu families and recovering traditional seeds and food. The communities use ancestral agricultural and water management techniques to maintain the gardens where they produce their own food and sold surpluses products in community bio-shops to increase their family income. When indigenous communities produce their own food, they become resilient to events like natural disasters (Floods, droughts) who directly affect their food security and put in risk their lives. Thus using technology and renewable energy based solutions they can confront in a better way climate changes in places where the environmental conditions hinder the survival.

How it benefits society

La Guajira is among the most vulnerable and marginalized departments in Colombia, with high rates of poverty, malnutrition, lack of access to basic services. Families suffer from acute malnutrition (some communities have 25% of acute malnutrition for children under 5), chronic malnutrition, and micronutrient deficiencies, which have contributed to the high number of child deaths in recent years. The border crisis with Venezuela has impacted the department’s economy, increasing prices and limiting access to food. This fragile situation is exacerbated by violence. Highly instable rainfall patterns, impact crop yields, livestock and access to potable water. Until early 2016, La Guajira had suffered from a prolonged drought due to El Niño; now the authorities concern the risk of floods due to La Niña.

Who we are

World Food Programe Colombia
Gabriel Martinez, Head of suboffice, Deborah Hines, Country director
Riohacha, La Guajira region, Colombia.

WFP’s vision in La Guajira is a department free of malnutrition, where the Wayúu and other indigenous groups develop livelihoods that are resilient in the force of violence, economic downturns and climate change.

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