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New Grants

Programa Integral para el Desarrollo del Café (PIDECAFÉ), $264,064, over three years, for a program to assist 20 local associations of coffee producers affiliated with CEPICAFE, a regional coffee growers association, in creating a regional network of community enterprises to produce and sell brown sugar as a source of income diversification in six municipalities in the Piura highlands. (PU-509)

Comunidad Indígena Asháninka “Marankiari Bajo” (CIAMB), $180,670, over three years, to expand agro-ecological production and marketing through agricultural and forest-based crop diversification, irrigation, and improved harvest and post-harvest practices; and to increase the community’s capacity for locally-controlled economic development through title to land, the creation of household and community enterprises, and training in strategic planning and management. (PU-510)

Centro de Estudios Sociales “Solidaridad” (CESS), $294,753, over three years, to assist producer associations, representing 300 members in the municipalities of Morrope, Salas and San José, in the establishment and operation of crop storage centers in each locality and a marketing information center in Chiclayo; and to partner with municipal governments and the agro-marketing enterprise Procesadora Tucume in a regional consortium for producing and selling agricultural and dairy products. (PU-511)

Centro de Estudios en Población y Desarrollo de la Libertad (CEPDEL), $204,920, over two years, to improve and expand food production in family plots, establish storage and marketing operations, and form a consortium to improve sustainable development and food security in the district. CEPDEL’s activities will be undertaken in conjunction with 18 agriculture and conservation committees, the Community Agricultural and Livestock Enterprise, the Chepen Agricultural and Livestock Committee, Carabamba women’s organizations, and the Carabamba municipal government. (PU-512)

Servicios Educativos, Promoción y Apoyo Rural (SEPAR), $119,700, over two years, to coordinate a consortium of seven local development organizations, including the municipality of Huancayo, that will support the growth of 150 micro-and small tourism and agricultural processing businesses. Credit, training, technical assistance and marketing services will benefit 1,200 residents. (PU-513) 

Supplemental Grants over $10,000

Asesoría, Consultoría y Negocios (ACONSUR), $50,000 to advance the expansion and long-term sustainability of highly successful programs providing training and technical assistance to textile micro-enterprises in Villa El Salvador. These funds will be used to purchase land, initiate construction to house ACONSUR's programs, carry out studies to improve marketing plans and to incorporate gender considerations in all of ACONSUR's programs and operations. (PU-480-A5)

Centro de Estudios para el Desarrollo Regional (CEDER), $19,500 toward administrative, travel and promotional costs associated with preparation of the international local development conference scheduled for June 2003 as a special IAF initiative in partnership with the municipality of Arequipa and local and national NGOs. (PU-481-A2)

Centro de Estudios para el Desarrollo Regional (CEDER), $132,375 for the participation of 250 academicians, practitioners, business leaders and government officials from Latin America, North America and Europe in the Arequipa conference. (PU-481-3) 

An Indigenous Community's Vision of Development

By Christine Krueger, Foundation Representative for Bolivia and Peru

The Comunidad Indígena Asháninka Marankiari Bajo (CIAMB) is setting the pace for development among indigenous communities along the Perené River in Peru’s Junín department. With its grant from the Inter-American Foundation, CIAMB will carry out land titling activities, create household and community enterprises, and train leaders and members in strategic planning and management. The project, known as Ayóompari, which means supporting each other as family, aims at strengthening Asháninka capacity for locally-controlled economic development based on agro-forestry production and marketing.

Community work groups drawn from the 246 families of Marankiari Bajo will introduce irrigation and improved seed and plants on 54 hectares to increase their yields of coffee and citrus and other fruits as well as more traditional crops. Family groups will form micro-enterprises focused on market-oriented production and processing and will contract with a local transportation company to move products to an established Asháninka space in Lima’s wholesale market. Better highways in Junín put Marankiari Bajo only half an hour from La Merced, the Perené River area’s urban center, and only six hours from Lima. As the community geographically closest to the nonindigenous world, Marankiari Bajo is assuming a role as broker and negotiator between that world and more remote Asháninka communities whose land and culture are vulnerable to pressures from outsiders.

Previous support from the United Nations Amazon Region Development Program and the Canadian Institute for Research and Development enabled the Marankiari Bajo community to train a new generation of leaders with a vision of development that builds on Asháninka culture, while making use of modern technology. CIAMB is steadily forming a cadre of Asháninka professionals. Some 40 have finished their university education and are working for the development of their communities. But the Asháninka also understand the importance of educating the nonindigenous world in the Asháninka reality. In November 2002, thanks to information technology and a partnership with the Electronic Commerce and Education Exchange based in Seattle, CIAMB gave an Internet seminar on the Asháninka experience. Information on this seminar and on CIAMB is accessible atáninka and