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How to articulate social actors? Why and for what? These are some of the questions that arise when thinking about the structuring of productive platforms in the fishing and fish farming sectors in the Bolivian Amazon.

In the Fishing Productive Complex, with the purpose of creating a multi-stakeholder space for consultation, the Fish for Life II project team began a series of activities in mid-July to form the Multi-stakeholder Fishing Platform. Meetings were held between the representatives of the fishermen's organizations ASOPESAR, FEUPECOPINAB and ASOPRIC of Riberalta, the representative of IPD PACU of the Ministry of Rural Development and Lands (MDRyT), ADEMAF, local authorities such as the Municipal Mayor's Office and Municipal Council and other representative institutions. from the Department.

This important approach with public and private actors led to the establishment of the Mapping of the Fishing Productive Complex that will help represent the social and productive reality of the Northern Amazon. The use of this social map, as a tool, is essential for the implementation of a space for sectoral dialogue between producers, marketers and the public sector, generating inter-institutional synergy. From this it will be possible to know the alliances, the conflicts, the authorized spokespersons and better select the actors to address at a given moment.

The structuring of the Platform in the Integrated Productive Complex of the Fish sector began on July 15, 2015 with workshops and visits to the Municipalities of Yapacani, San Juan and San Carlos (department of Santa Cruz). The project team managed to bring together local public actors with the main producer associations and private companies. These meetings included the participation of the Productive Directors of the Autonomous Municipalities, those responsible for the livestock and agricultural area, the Presidents of the Association of Fish Farmers of the Integrated North (APNI), the President of the Association of Fish Farmers “La Chonta” and the owner of the Nutripez food factory located in Yapacani. In addition, coordination and management visits were carried out with the Director of SEDAG and the person in charge of the Cochabamba Fish Development Program.

The work meetings confirmed the interest of the State, which supports the sector. However, a lack of integration was observed between the different public and private agents or structures dedicated to fish farming. The situation is then conducive to the formation of a Platform, which allows better coordination between the actors and therefore, the institutional strengthening of productive organizations.

Contacts: 
Alvaro Céspedes, IMG, lorcespedes@gmail.com
Roberto Castro, IMG, castro.rob81@gmail.com

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