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Fisheries, Aquaculture and Food Security in the Bolivian Amazon


Improving food security for vulnerable people in Bolivia

This project aims to improve food security in Bolivia's Amazon through better-managed fisheries and small-scale aquaculture

Peces para la Vida began its operations in 2011, as a cooperation between Faunagua, World Fisheries Trust and Agua Sustentable, supported by the Canadian International Food Security Research Fund (CIFSRF). The objective of the project is to contribute to food security in Bolivia by strengthening the fish value chains, in partnership between actors and instituitions. During its first phase of activities (2011-2014), the project conducted numerous studies of the fisheries and aquaculture sectors to analyze and improve the supply chain, strengthening the fish value chains, in partnership between actors and institutions. 

In 2015, Peces para la Vida entered its second operational phase, forming new alliances and consolidating its results in order to replicate and expand the positive experience identified in the first phase.

Phase II (2015-2018)



  • Optimize sustainable management practices of Paiche (Arapaima gigas) and replicate them in indigenous communities.
  • Improve and disseminate fish marketing strategies, improving fish quality, to increase income and household nutrition.
  • Develop and provide financial support mechanisms to expand small-scale entrepreneurship in the fisheries and aquaculture sectors.
  • Increase livelihoods through small-scale family farming, focusing on the leadership of women, environmental sustainability and social responsibility.
  • Contribute to building a favourable environment for the governance of fisheries and aquaculture in Bolivia.
  • Contribute to understanding of concepts and practices to replicate successful experiences on a larger scale.

Meet our Partners

Peces para la Vida (Amazon Fish for Food) is implemented by a partnership of six institutions from Bolivia and Canada, collaborating with more than 20 stakeholders and institutions from the fisheries and aquaculture sectors.

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The project is supported by the Canadian International Food Security Research Fund (CIFSRF), a program of Canada’s International Development Research Centre (IDRC), undertaken with financial support from the Government of Canada, provided through Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada (DFATD).  




Fish for food: 

Exploring ways to get fish on the table in Bolivia 


Phase I (2011-2014)


Bolivia, in the heart of South America, contains some of the world's greatest biodiveristy and physically and culturally contrasting environments. It is also considered among the continent's poorest countries. With 60% of the country's landmass located in the Amazon Basin, fish are a cornerstone of food security for thousands of rural Bolivian families. While making use of an incredible diversity of species, small scale commercial and subsistence fisheries in the region are also in remarkable transition, driven by land reform, increased access, increasing demand, and expanding commercial fisheries, largely focused on an introduced species, paiche (Arapaima gigas).


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World Fisheries Trust, in partnership with the Asociacion Faunagua and Asociacion Aqua Sustentable, and with the collaboration of local fisheries associations, indigenous groups, universities and government, is carrying out research to establish a baseline on the fisheries and their contributions to food security and livelihoods in the region. We are also implementing training and development through an integrated social strategy to address bottlenecks in the value chains, contribute to improved fisheries governance, food security, the equitable distribution of benefits, and community reslience.

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In partnership with FAUNAGUA and AGUA SUSTENTABLE. Additional collaborators include the Universidad Mayor de San Simón (UMSS) (Bolivia) and the University of British Columbia-UBC-(Canada). The project is implemented through agreements with CIDOB (Confederation of Indigenous Peoples of Bolivia) and FEUPECOPINAB (United Federation of Fishermen, Fish Sellers, and Aquaculturalists of Bolivia’s Northern Amazon).


With support from the Canadian International Food Security Research Fund created by the International Development Research Centre (IDRC) and the Canadian International Agency (CIDA)



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