Delegation to Bolivia: Food Sovereignty, Indigenous Resistance, and Climate Justice (May 29-June 9, 2012)
We will be celebrating indigenous resistance and exploring food sovereignty issues in Bolivia, the first country in the hemisphere to be governed by an indigenous president. Learn about indigenous struggles for food sovereignty and the rights of Mother Earth in the face of climate change. Meet with farmers, community leaders, government leaders, and others. Experience the rich culture of the Andes and soak in the sights, sounds, people, and politics in this historic moment in Bolivia.
When: May 29-June 9, 2012
Tentative Itinerary: Start and end in La Paz; visits to Coroico (Yungas de La Paz), Cochabamba and Chapare.
Days 1: La Paz – Arrival; orientation/welcome; visits to social programs and discussions with community leaders and authorities who run them
Day 2: Trip to Lake Titicaca Titicaca: Learn about binational programs between Bolivia and Peru to clean and conserve the lake and visit to trout farms; on the way, stop in the Alto region to hear from communities about the impacts of climate change.
Days 3, 4, and 5: Coroico and Coripata (Yungas de La Paz) – Visits to food security pilot projects and to coca plantations; visits to Afro-Bolivian communities.
Days 6, 7, and 8: Oruro, Cochabamba and el Chapare – visits to quinoa farms; visit to a coca processing plants that make products such as biscuits, creams, and soap; discussion with community leaders who led the successful struggle against privatization of their water sources. Visit to the “Casa del ALBA,” where a host of social programs are carried out supported by the ALBA countries.
Day 9: La Paz – conversations with government leaders (pending confirmation) and visits to local markets
Day 10: departure
Cost for Activities: $1100. This will cover all lodging, all ground transportation, 2 meals per day, qualified trip leaders, and Spanish-English interpretation. Additional expenses during the trip will be minimal. Airfare not included.
To Learn more and hold a spot for either trip, email [email protected]. Please be in touch as soon as possible, as space for both trips is very limited. Please allow several days for responses.
Sponsored by the Alberto Lovera Bolivarian Circle of NY.
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