Working in partnership to support sustainable development for communitiesThe peanut has been indigenous to Bolivia for thousands of years, but it is only a couple of centuries since Spanish explorers began bringing it to Europe. While most peanuts for the European market are now grown in Argentina or the USA, their long history in Bolivia has led to a rich and varied diversity of species flourishing under the protection of the rainforest.
Once cultivated, the natural and minimally processed peanuts are sold as "Oerpinda" under the "Jack Klijn" brand name, and as "Bolivian Peanuts" under the ″ültje" brand name.
In the Andean valleys (one of the country's most under-developed regions) we are supporting indigenous farmers in cultivating their own special types of peanut. In the provinces of Santa Cruz, Tarija, Cochabamba, Chiquisaca and El Chaco, we are helping around 2,500 farmers in 15 communities to permanently improve their lives and those of their families. We invest directly in the agricultural technology required to successfully grow the peanuts, as well as sharing our knowledge of modern farming techniques to maximise yield.
At the same time, we are working with experts to promote the long term social welfare of the communities, through investments in education, infrastructure, medical and nutrition projects. Our partners include USAID and the Dutch Royal Institute for the Tropics (which specialises in development projects and scientific research) as well as the Annona Investment Fund, which finances sustainable economic projects in Africa and Latin America.