Inclusive Markets in Bolivia

The main objective of the Inclusive Markets project is to improve the living conditions of the target population by helping to reduce their poverty situation. The target group is men and women in family production units engaged in agricultural or livestock activities (with a focus on women and youth). These families are particularly vulnerable to the effects of climate change and food insecurity and are located in the Altiplano and Interandean valleys.
La Paz Altiplano, Bolivia
La Paz Valles, Bolivia
Potosí, bolivia
Oruro, Bolivia
Project duration
2017 - 2021
Financed by
  • Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation SDC
  • Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida)

The project

In order for the expected outcomes to achieve sustainability, scale and impact, it incorporates several work approaches:

  • Inclusive Market Systems Development Approach,
  • Poverty Multidimensionality Approach,
  • Gender and Development Approach,
  • Territorial Development Approach.

The main lines of work are expressed in five components that constitute, in turn, the systemic effects of the project:

  • Development and access to product markets (both domestic and for export)
    The implementation strategy for this component focuses on strengthening the capacities of key actors (producers, companies, traders and others) in order to develop quick trading circuits, productive and commercial coordination and to promote high nutritional food consumption. We work to have access to national markets as well export markets.
  • Development and access to service, supplies and technologies markets
    Aimed at the development of business models (private providers) and management models (public providers), which facilitate and streamline access to inputs, technologies and information services, as well as advice and technical assistance, for the target population in places where these are inadequate or non-existent.
  • Development and access to markets for financial products and services
    The main focus of this component is focused on getting access to financing under adequate conditions as well as financial education and risk management that stem from the development and / or dissemination of insurance and micro insurance products. Under this component, the project manages a reimbursable fund to promote innovations in financial products and services, through the PROFIN partner.
  • Favourable socio-economic environment
    This component cross-cuts all other components of the project and facilitates the implementation of services that develop skills and abilities in public officials, promotes territorial development processes, facilitates public-private partnerships and promotes public and / or private initiatives that seek to improve the effective exercise of economic, social and political rights, with special emphasis on women. Within the framework of this component, the project works with the Political Dialogue that facilitates the relationship with the most important state entities.
  • Empowering women
    The empowerment of women is a central element of the project, which cross-cuts the other components and is a component in itself as well. It is aimed at strengthening the abilities and skills of women in different areas (techniques, management, leadership, etc.), facilitating services and technologies that contribute to reducing the workload of women, coordinating with specialized entities and institutions to facilitate access to information and services on different topics related to the performance of women such as health, family planning, violence, etc., and the promoting awareness and training processes in the areas of economy and gender equality.

In management support, two areas are of utmost importance:

  • communication and
  • knowledge management as well as monitoring and evaluation, both of which are applied across the entire implementation process of the project.

In order to identify the concrete actions that the project has defined, initially a research and analysis process were carried out in the selected territories to ascertain the multidimensional poverty situation of rural families and the situation of women in terms of gender relations. At the same time, we analysed the income sources of the rural families which allowed us to validate and / or modify the importance of the chosen productive items and to deepen the analysis of the specific market systems for the following items: potato, broad bean, peach and other fruit trees, tomato, onion, carrot and other vegetables, quinoa and dairy products (including fodder). We also analyzed products, actors and export opportunities for various products (quinoa, beans, cañahua, asaí, tarwi, camu camu, among others).

As a result, 16 municipalities with high and medium levels of vulnerability in terms of food insecurity were prioritized in the departments of La Paz, Oruro and Potosí, and there are proposals to implement the five components of the project that contribute to the reduction of poverty.

Project objectives

The main effect indicators for the project are:

  • Increase in real net income of the productive family units,
  • Increase the resilience of the productive family units with regards to climate change,
  • Improvement of working conditions (employment and / or self-employment) of men and women, reducing their social vulnerability,
  • Contribution to greater empowerment of women and
  • Improvement of participatory public management.


  • Fundación PROFIN
  • Fundación PROINPA, RIMISP y Fundación PLAGBOL



Development and access to product markets

  • 418 Family Productive Units (UPF) provide products in demand in international markets to intermediaries and/or private export companies.
  • 506 UPF sell their products to new markets/channels and/or diversify their products at the national level.

Development and access to service, input and technology markets

  • 10,461 UPF (with over 3,200 women) access services, inputs, technology and others (appropriate to women's needs and/or adaptation to climate change).

Development and access to the market of products and financial services

  • 1515 UPF and other actors (37% women) have access to better financing conditions.
  • 1993 UPF (51% women) acquired insurance (agricultural and/or personal).
  • 4590 UPF (37% women) have access to financial education and/or insurance awareness services.
  • 4,226,254 USD leveraged funds for access to credit and insurance (agricultural and/or personal)
  • 523 000 USD have been mobilised in the payment of insurance premiums (agricultural and/or personal)1.

Enabling socio-economic environment

  • 345 women and men have access to improved public services.
  • 100 community and/or cantonal leaders have participated in decision-making for the implementation of municipal strategies for massive technical assistance (public-private).

Women empowerment

  • 5645 women have accessed information services and/or access to technology, inputs, technical assistance, financial services (credit and insurance) and violence prevention information from the Municipal Integral Legal Services (SLIM).

In prioritised municipalities, 4626 women have accessed information services and/or access to technology, inputs, technical assistance, financial services (credit and insurance), and violence prevention information from the SLIM.

  • 992 women attended to in cases of violence through SLIMs.
  • 3076 women had access to public and private goods and services (information and/or access to technology, inputs and technical assistance) in actions that cut across components 1, 2 and 4
  • 558 women have access to credit (314) and insurance (244).

Other municipalities:

  • 1019 women have access to credit (247) and insurance (772).

Project Links


Sustainable agriculture
Securing Food Supply through a Digital Monitoring System
The global pandemic showed the fragility of food supply systems in many countries including Bolivia. Through the Inclusive Markets project, Swisscontact supported the Ministry of Rural Development and Lands with setting up a digital platform to monitor food supply and demand on a municipal level.
Green cities
Forest plantations that protect water sources in regions affected by climate change
On World Environment Day, we share two video documentaries about the reforestation projects carried out in Cochabamba and Oruro in 2021. Both initiatives of the Inclusive Markets project were supported by the Swedish Embassy in Bolivia (Sida).
The municipality of Chaquí allocates 1% of its income to control pests that affect its production of peach, broad bean, potato and tarwi
The Law also includes measures that encourage economic reactivation. With the full presence of his Council, Mayor Rafael Bautista sets a national precedent. Today the Government of Potosí will promulgate a law in the presence of representatives of SENASAG, the Government of Potosí, the FAO office in Bolivia and the Inclusive Markets, a project of the Swiss and Swedish Cooperation in Bolivia.