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Support of local farmers leads Bolivia to self-sufficiency by 2020

Bolivia, a landlocked country in South America, moves to achieve self-sufficiency by 2020. There has been a 25% increase in their food production since 2014 and if this trend continues, it would not be impossible to become food independent by the target date.

The government of Bolivia has invested $40 million on small and medium scale farmers. Financial support was given to farmers to produce crops like potatoes, tomatoes, wheat, vegetables, coffee, and cocoa, and as well as funding the breeding of fish and other livestock, Deputy Minister of Rural Development and Agriculture, Marisol Solano, said.

This initiative of the government to lessen and cut-off imports did not only help the local farmers and business but also reduces emissions of gases. Unemployment, hunger, and poverty are also some of the issues that being addressed because of this movement.

The United Nations led the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development in 2015, but  has been speeding up the process.

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