Project: Argentina

“¿Cómo está? ”
“How are you?”

Country Overview:

In South America, the regional importance of Argentina in economic, environmental, social, political and cultural terms is enormous. First colonized by Spain in 1580, Argentinians are deeply rooted in European descent. Over 8.5 percent of Argentina’s economy and 58 percent of its exports by value are based in agriculture.

Argentina is not unlike Brazil in many respects, although levels of inequality are not as acute. Despite improved access to employment, the gap between the wealthiest and poorest strata of Argentina's population has hardly been narrowed. In 2007, the wealthiest 10 percent of Argentine households earned 35.2 percent of national income, versus the poorest 10 percent, which received only 1.2 percent of the income.

Roughly 30 percent of Argentina's population lives below the poverty line. In the northeastern areas of the country, where the indigenous population is concentrated, this percentage reaches nearly 50 percent.

Heifer's Work in Argentina:

Heifer began activities in Argentina in 2005 to promote sustainable food systems, which include agroecological production, marketing and consumption of healthy foods. Projects promote knowledge, skills and power within communities based on popular education principles.

Heifer Argentina emphasizes organizational strengthening for social action and the construction of a new rural development model that favors small farmers, rural and urban communities and traditional peoples for generations to come.

In Argentina, Heifer works in the provinces of Misiones, Santa Fé, Jujuy and Salta.

Key Services Heifer Provides:

Sustainable agricultural production: Agroecology

Post-harvest management and processing: Advocating for policies that ensure food sovereignty and access to land; Developing small farming cooperatives to process small farm products

Market development: Developing small-farmer organizations

Technology: Technology transfer by means of networking

Nutrition: Training for healthy food production and consumption