Quinoa harvest in Bolivia

Priority area Rural development and environment

Local communities' vital natural sources of livelihood and the country's vast biodiversity are threatened by deforestation and by the consequences of climate change. Through its efforts in the field of rural development and environment, the BMZ is helping to reduce poverty and improve food security in rural areas.

To that end, it is supporting efforts to improve the sustainable use of natural resources and to enhance local resilience to climate change. Key activities include integrated watershed management, sustainable agricultural irrigation systems, and sustainable forest management. The focus of Germany's support is on poor rural communities, in some cases with high proportions of indigenous people.


In the past few years, some 60,000 families have been able to increase their agricultural yields. As a result, living conditions have improved for about 300,000 rural people. Watershed plans have been drawn up with German support. They help to prevent the pollution and overexploitation of water resources, thus improving water security for some 615,000 people. More than 18,000 hectares of sensitive dry forest in the Chiquitania region are being managed based on sustainable standards.

As at: 09/08/2022