Centro de Investigación y Promoción Social “Sara Lafosse” (CIPS “Sara Lafosse”), $326,000 over three years; counterpart committed, $252,520.
By working with associations of dairy farmers and fishers and training new entrepreneurs, CIPS expects to increase the incomes of 200 families in the communities of El Carmelo and Huancaquito Bajo in the district of Virú, La Libertad. It will also promote cooperation among the 22 public and private entities in the Association for the Joint Discussion of Local Development of the Coastal River Basins of the Libertad Region (AMEDIVAC), which will actively support the project. (PU-569)
Instituto de Investigación para Desarrollo Rural, Agroindustrial y Medio Ambiente (IDRA PERU), $170,000 over three years; counterpart committed, $160,410.
IDRA PERU will develop the technical and organizational skills and market access of 225 artisans in 14 associations, primarily women and young adults, enabling them to increase and diversify their production. The project should indirectly benefit another 900 residents of the eight communities located around the archeological site of Sillustani, in the district of Atuncolla, Puno. (PU-570)
Urku Estudios Amazónicos (Urku), $272,000 over three years; counterpart committed, $340,430.
Urku will work to engage communities in the San Martín region in the conservation of their forests through an integrated pro- gram of resource management and recovery of biodiversity. In collaboration with the Federación Kichwa Huallaga Dorado (FEKIHD), it will develop ecotourism; producer networks to market coffee, medicinal plants and crafts; a system to monitor the environment; and environmental education. The project is expected to benefit 5,600 Peruvians directly, help protect the local ecosystem and generate revenue toward the conservation efforts of the participating communities. (PU-571)
Asociación Pro Derechos Humanos (APRO- DEH), $325,510 over three years; counterpart committed, $151,095.
APRODEH will further the social inclusion of Peruvians with mental disabilities, one of Peru’s most marginalized and vulnerable groups, by working toward enforcement of Article 19 of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD), which recognizes their right to live independently and participate in community life. (PU-572)
Centro de Estudios y Desarrollo Social-APURIMAC (CEDES-APURIMAC), $120,000; counterpart committed, $116,088.
CEDES-APURIMAC will provide training, technical assistance, credit and marketing services to farm families and representatives of their municipal governments as they undertake a coordinated program to develop organic agriculture. (PU-546-A3)
Asociación Arariwa para la Promoción Técnico-Cultural Andina (Arariwa), $23,893; counterpart committed, $7,192.
Arariwa will provide additional training and technical assistance to farmers so they maintain or increase production on their small parcels, and will help their association assume full responsibility for managing a fruit-processing plant and for marketing its products. (PU-548-A3)
Red de Municipalidades Rurales del Perú (REMURPE), $98,100; counterpart committed, $88,850.
To enable municipalities in Cusco, Piura, Puno and Ayacucho to access public resources for development, REMURPE will coordinate meetings, offer training and technical assistance, and provide opportunities for elected officials and municipal staff to visit the sites of successful projects and access a virtual learning platform. (PU-550-A3)
Asociación Comunión, Promoción, Desarrollo y Liberación (COPRODELI), $102,572; counterpart committed, $61,380.
COPRODELI will continue to provide training and technical support to 100 micro- and small enterprises through the creation of a business incubator and dedicated industrial park. (PU-552-A3)
Centro de Investigación, Estudio y Promoción del Desarrollo Minka (Minka), $79,700; counterpart committed, $48,030.
Minka will assist the networks of fruit and vegetable producers formed with IAF support in accessing better-paying markets and will document its experience for dissemination throughout Peru. (PU-556-A2)
Ayllu Yupaychay (Yupay), $125,000; counterpart committed, $134,100.
Yupay will continue to use the visual arts, the Quechua language and indigenous Peruvian cultural values to further the educational development of rural children between the ages of 3 and 7 in 10 Quechua-speaking communities in the Cusco region. (PU-560-A1)
Asociación Minga Perú (Minga Perú), $49,960.
Minga Perú organized the participation of three grantee partner organizations in a celebration of the diversity of Peru’s indigenous communities and their contributions to grassroots development held in July at the National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, D.C. (PU-563-A1)
An Investment in Ecotourism and the Environment
According to the Center for Responsible Travel, global ecotourism generates some $77 billion annually. Ecotourism has become a source of income for residents of rural communities who provide lodging, food, tours, transportation and other services. As such, it offers a powerful incentive to invest in conservation, so that the surrounding environment continues to attract visitors and yield benefits into the future.
Urku Estudios Amazónicos (Urku) is a nongovernmental organization whose mission is to improve the quality of life of the people living in the region of San Martín, on the Peruvian Amazon. Specifically, Urku, which means “mountain” in Kichwa, works to further economic development that is compatible with environmental conservation, cultural diversity and social justice. Toward this end, it will use its IAF award to take advantage of—and protect–a significant asset. Seven years ago, the Cordillera Escalera, located in the southwestern zone of the province of San Martín, was designated a protected area by the provincial government. Extending over 1,500 square miles and to altitudes of from 200 to 2,200 meters above sea level, its diverse ecosystems provides the habitat for an extravagant range of flora and fauna, some considered rare and endangered, such as three endemic species of frogs and the spectacled bear, the inspiration for Paddington, the popular character in the children’s fiction by Michael Bond. The rivers of the cordillera constitute the primary source of water for 265,000 Peruvians. Natural wonders include lakes, lagoons, waterfalls and thermal baths.
Working in collaboration with Federación Kichwa Huallaga Dorado (FEKIHD), which represents 10 indigenous Kichwa communities, Urku will develop an integrated program to manage natural resources and recover biodiversity in the Cordillera Escalera and organize services for ecotourists. Plans include the formation of producer networks that sell coffee, medicinal plants and crafts; the development of a system to monitor the ecosystem; and education on the environment for residents. Revenue generated by tourism is expected to support the conservation efforts of the participating communities comprising 5,600 Peruvians.
Deforestation is of particular concern to Urku. An estimated 1.6 billion people in the developing world depend on forests for food, fuel and livelihoods. This pressure, along with the encroachment of industrial-scale agriculture and indiscriminate logging, has exacerbated climate change and accelerated global warming, endangering natural resources and ultimately jeopardizing food security. The link between deforestation and poverty has led to a broad consensus on the need to preserve wooded areas and control destructive forces. Urku is guided by the principle that success in this direction is cornered on the active involvement of communities in the management of their forests, which its IAF grant will support and foster.
—Miriam Euclides Brandão, IAF representative