Bolivian food initiative triggers a land-use debate


Stretching more than 300,000 square kilometers (116,000 sq miles) from the Andes to the border with Brazil, the Department of Santa Cruz is a giant in Bolivia’s national life. It encompasses the tropical Andes, the Amazonian lowlands and the Chiquitano dry forests, supporting a vast array of cattle ranches and soy, sunflower and sugarcane plantations as far as the eye can see. Simultaneously a source of natural and agricultural bounty, it holds some of the world’s greatest biodiversity and produces 70% of Bolivia’s food. Given the department’s large land area, few were surprised here when, on Aug. 14, 2014, Bolivian Vice-President Álvaro García chose the department’s capital, Santa Cruz de la Sierra, to call on leaders of Bolivia’s most powerful agricultural sectors to more... [Log in to read more]

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