Located in South America with no access to the sea, Paraguay was hit by 35 years of military dictatorship that ended in 1989. In 2001, COOPI started working in the Concèpcion, San Pedro, Presidente Hayes, Boqueròn and Alto Paraguay departments. The interventions there targeted different sectors, namely: the development of rural areas through the support of agricultural cooperatives and small producers; improving access to water; achieving food security for the communities exposed to long periods of droughts or floods.
COOPI has also gained recognition for the attention given to the indigenous people of the Gran Chaco, through programs aimed to promote human rights, achieving the socio-economical inclusion of the young, giving value to local resources and promoting intercultural medicine.
COOPI is currently engaged in strengthening the skills of National and local actors to prevent and reduce the risk of disasters (DRR). It does so by creating community groups, preparing contingency plans and applying Geographic Information Systems (GIS) for the analysis of risks and the management of emergencies. Moreover, in collaboration with governmental institutions, COOPI is in the process of preparing the National Risk Atlas and is partaking in the modernization of the National Early Warning System.
*Last data update on the results achieved by COOPI: October 2017.
The situation in Paraguay
The results of COOPI
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