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Amaranth:science seeds


Initiative timeframe: 2013/2017

Total initiative costs

€ 416,844.96
Reparted as
  • Loans -
  • Grants € 416,844.96

Dati finanziari aggiornati al 5.11.2015


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Municipality of Cercado and Municipality of San Lorenzo (Department of Tarija, Bolivia).

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‘Amaranth: science seeds’ is a three-year agricultural and food safety project whose direct beneficiaries are 1.824 Tarija’s amaranth producers (200 families). The project aims to solve several problems related to amaranth-growing – inefficiencies in both growing and harvest methods; low output and high losses over the production process; water shortage; high production costs and use of chemical fertilizers dealing to soil compaction – by: 1) Rising organic amaranth-growing through appropriated techniques for cultivation and the use of soil and water; 2) Setting up an Association of amaranth producers and boosting amaranth-derivatives production; 3) Increasing local consumption and trade of amaranth and its derivatives. ASPEm is the Italian NGO responsible for the initiative, that is jointly implemented with a national trade network as local counterpart (RENACC-TARIJA). read more close

Main outcome

Rising production, consumption, transformation and trade of both amaranth and its derivatives by helping Tarija’s producers set up and consolidate a productive Association.

Initiative data

Initiative number 010129
Purpose Agricultural inputs
Sector III.1.a. Agriculture, Total


Agency MAE - Direzione Generale per la Cooperazione allo Sviluppo
Counterpart authority Municipal Autonomous Government of San Lorenzo; Sub-mayoralty of the Province of Cercado
Other financiers ASPEm and local partners (€ 178648.0)


Direct beneficiaries: 1824 Tarija’s amaranth producers (200 families); indirect beneficiaries: whole population of the region (522339 people).

Beneficiaries of which females 47.0%
Title € Committed € Used
Amaranth: science seeds 416,842 416,843

Project document (Download)

Project document presented by the NGO to a public call of proposal to receive a grant.

Date July 2, 2013


Status Ongoing
Type Works, Supply, Services
Procedure Call for Proposal
Procurement notice Tender preparation