Increased Access to Water, Improved Livestock Production and Post-drought Food Security

Water being used by a farmer from a well installed with IBSA Fund supported project. Photo by UNDP Bolivia


The project addresses the issue of access to water for the rancher associations and indigenous farming communities to improve their livestock production, livelihoods and food security. Water wells are being drilled for daily use as well as for raising herds of cattle in the urban and rural communities. The project also strengthens the capacities of the rancher associations to increase their resilience against droughts. It engages urban and rural communities, and rural and indigenous peoples as beneficiaries, so that they can jointly address the problem of access to water in 19 municipalities of the Department of Beni.

Lessons learned


Despite enthusiasm and willingness to contribute to the project, the municipalities could not fulfil the commitment to allocate counterpart funds to cover the materials required for the drilling of 38 wells for rural and urban communities. The project would use the remaining resources to cover the required materials and subsidize the cost for the most vulnerable communities/beneficiaries. In the future, a formal agreement will be signed with the municipalities and a follow-up activity will be undertaken to ensure that relevant resources are included in the budget.

Way forward


To meet the project objectives and make the project sustainable, FEGABENI has established the goal of drilling at least two wells per month for each drilling rig for the next three years, which would come close to meeting the originally established project target. This would result in a total of 20 wells dug by the project at a fully subsidized rate for the most vulnerable and indigenous communities by August 2021, and around 75 wells dug by the project partner FEGABENI in parallel or thereafter, at a partly subsidized rate of around 55 per cent of market prices.

Results Highlight


Eight water wells, with depths between 48 and 118 metres, were drilled in three municipalities of the Department of Beni. Livestock producers and families from 38 indigenous communities to have increased access to clean water for human consumption and hygiene, livestock and agricultural production.

Key features


Rancher associations and indigenous farming communities


Ministry of Rural Development and Land, Autonomous Departmental Government of Beni, Federation of Ranchers of Beni (FEGABENI), municipalities, indigenous peoples, UNDP Bolivia (Plurinational State of)




March 2018–August 2021

Mostly contributing to

“The water well drilling project, funded by IBSA, aims to identify the source of water for agriculture activities to assist Bolivia in sustainable management of livestock. The work is done not only with the cattle-raising farmers but also with the indigenous communities, who inhabit the territories bordering these cattle-raising lands.”
Ms. Luciana Mermet – UNDP Resident Representative Plurinational State of Bolivia