Technical Assistance

The objective of this course of action is to increase small farmers’ productivity. In this phase we are focused on the Foundation SembrarSartawi ’s customers.

Each receives technical assistance at every stage of the agricultural production cycle, with a combination of modern practices and the “ knowledge dialogue” approach, which aids in recovering traditional know- how and incorporating it with state- of- the art technological innovations. By ensuring better operating results in small producers, the Sembrar Sartawi Foundation also is an indirect beneficiary, as these actions have a positive impact on the quality of its portfolio. However, ensuring a positive, lasting effect on the producer is always the most important goal pursued with this line of action.

Our model's success is predicated on providing a crucial component of support to the producer. This represents the greatest difference from any other rural intervention model used in Bolivia. Our model involves educating and training producers, enabling a change in their production culture that moves them from subsistence to market goals and a n increasing selling surplus. Risk control and general management of practices are transferred as well so producers can expand their knowledge of crop-friendly practices with the environment.

SEMBRAR Institute's intervention strategy in rural communities.

The intervention process is developed according to the following steps.

1. Selection of primary  productive agricultural chains
2. Selection of municipalities and communities to be involved
3. Identification of SembrarSartawi Foundation clients working within previously selected producti on chains
4. Identification of specific groups and associations of producers and their affiliates
5. Mapping of these groups or associations in the field
6. Field visits and diagnoses of previously selected production chains ; workshops and tracking activities
7. Identification of entities related to the selected activity (e.g., those working in the field, companies, NGOs, government organizations, etc. )
8. Systematization of results ( by appropriate committees)
9. Evaluation and decision on technologies to be transferred (Technical Committee)
10. Development of technology transfer plan
11. Recruitment of technical officers and junior officers (based on agreements with universities)
12. Training for junior technicians
13. Baseline construction for each future project
14. Intervention in field

The diagram below represents the assistance method of SEMBRAR Institute.

Each step embraces sub- activities that allow the collection and systematization of information required to adjust the strategy to serve the communities and / or municipalities where SEMBRAR Institute intervenes.

Figure 1. Intervention Method of SEMBRAR Institute

The SembrarSartawi Foundation currently has some 10,000 clients and works with them in the exploration of effective alternatives. In aggregate terms, this wealth of experiential knowledge gain from collaboration with its clients allows SEMBRAR Institute to empirically measure particular variables in agricultural operations, such as increases in productivity, changes in production practices, etc.


2512 Sánchez Lima Street , Sopocachi
Melissa Building, Mezanine A
Telephone.: (591) 2 –2425034
E-mail: info@sembrarsartawi.org

La Paz - Bolivia