They do not know how to deal with climate change
(By Elizabeth Estévez) In October last year, with the most “of the enthusiasm that had to come the rains,” Mr. Domingo Loza, who owns property in the municipality of Guaqui, was given the task of planting quinoa with the hope that their germinate plantations as in other years, in your community and around, so having this food is very important in the nutritional diet, however, this desire could not realize the lack rain, because by visiting their land back in December he was surprised to have just 10cm plants. to 20 cm, height.
According to the testimony of the farmer and others planted in the region in December there was no rain, “it did not rain a drop and this seemed a punishment from God,” he argued. “When my mother lived after the Chaco War, taught us a little scale growing quinoa, and other products originating in the family, such as potatoes, beans, vegetables and other products,” which is why it continues this tradition like their neighbors who live with these foods and livestock raising.
In these circumstances, said there is no food security, as the custom of the land to produce is affected by the lack of rain and so this situation worries the local farmers, especially the nutrition of children in the highlands as they grow with little to contribute to food security and only a fraction of the intended trade for their livelihood. It is possible that as the situation in the field, there is a shortage of food in these communities, although other regions that produce products within, as in the valleys and the east to help us, he said optimistically.
Farmers do not know how to deal with natural phenomena and why we are on our own, there are some who are more likely than others to have irrigation systems, but most lack the infrastructure and therefore exposed to the effects of drought as in this case.
He argued that in these circumstances, farmers can not do anything about the effects of climate change such as drought, hail and flooding throughout the year are presented, as most of them use these products for consumption and whencan they have the habit of keeping their food to other times of year and supplies.
That is why they learned from their parents and grandparents dehydrated potato.
Most people are affected. “”I have the luck to devote to other activities that Igenerate other resources that help me”, however there are between 10 to 15,000impoverished families who have been affected by drought as well as Andrés deMachaca and around Guaqui he concluded.