Empowering local communities in the highlands of Peru

Over the past thirty years, successive Peruvian governments have pursued development programs in the country’s Highlands region, where poverty levels are severe. Using local community development models, they have built systematically on lessons learned and expanded both the area covered and the scope of interventions. The programs were supported initially and principally by the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), although over time other development partners joined the efforts.

IFAD’s FEAS, MARENASS, CORREDOR, and SIERRA SUR project loans to Peru totaling US$124 million have targeted 120,000 households in over 1,600 poor communities in the Southern Highlands. According to IFAD project evaluation reports, around 30 percent of the target households have shifted out of extreme poverty, and 35 percent moved out of poverty altogether. These sequenced projects represent a pathway for a complex but overall successful scaling-up process.

This brief is one of series on scaling up in agriculture, rural development, and nutrition.

Massler, Barbara
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International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI)
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