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“Alternative proposal for developing and improving the supply of technical services in the rural area, based in the valorization of the local knowledge and the horizontal transmission of knowledge. Endogenous development mechanism that increases the possibility of accessing technical assistance services and implementing innovations, at lower costs.”

During 2006, ASOCAM promoted the articulation of an Inter-Learning Group in the region, recognizing the importance of peasant leaders in the consolidation of endogenous development processes, known as Kamayoq, Yapuchiris or Peasant Promoters. The group’s purpose was to analyze two main topics: local services offer and demand and perspectives and potentialities of the local suppliers, by means of the systematization of national experiences and throughout a regional comparative analysis.

About the mechanism • The method of technical assistance and training is from peasant to peasant • The contents of the supply come from peasant experimenting and innovation • The suppliers of peasant technical services are entrepreneur leaders who have innovation and experimenting capabilities. • These leaders are recognized and valorized by their communities.

the aggregate value  Producers have better accessibility to services  Training and assistance contents are more adequate.  Peasant suppliers have more cultural acceptation  Increased capability to imitate or adapt technology and innovations.

Comparative analysis of the national experiences

The definition

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Peasant suppliers of local technical assistance services

Kamayoq Peru

Promoter Nicaragua

Yapuchiris Bolivia

A Kamayoq is an adult farmer who has received training and is recognized by his peers as a peasant supplier of technical services.

A promoter is a person that has been educated by an institution and acts as intermediary between this institution and the community, transferring knowledge

A Yapuchiri is an outstanding producer who has been strengthened and who leads the process of innovation and technology promotion or appropriate alternatives and the generation of creative solutions to local problems, in a participative way.


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Kamayoq Peru

Promoter Nicaragua

Yapuchiris Bolivia

Basic principles of the technical assistance methodology with…

• Successful knowledge gained by Kamayoq constitutes the contents of the training. It is about learning from the best, the technique can be re-invented and adapted to local conditions. • Innovation processes are developed by the peasants themselves. • Peasants can efficiently train other peasants.

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The field is the first source of knowledge Experience is the base for learning Decision making leads the learning process Training comprehends the whole cultivation cycle. The training curriculum is based in the local conditions of the Field School.

• The contents of the training are the own knowledge and innovations

Training and technical supply...

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• Plan and lead the conservation of the micro-basin • Promote the community’s productive and social development • Introduce profitable crops with irrigation systems • Manage small communitarian projects • Promote alimentary safety • Conduct experimentation processes • Carry out communitarian and family diagnoses.

• Management of the suka kollus • Potato weevil control • Disinfectant usage and preparation • Organic broths preparation • Organic fertilizers management • Good management of crops • Bio-indicators usage

Service demanders

Comparative analysis of the national experiences

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• Producers • Institutions • Projects

• Producers • Institutions • Projects

Irrigation management Cattle weight gain Beekeeping Dairy products transformation Improved kitchens installation Installation, advice and training for the management of greenhouses, vegetables cultivation, guinea pigs raise, fruit cultivation and management of sheep and cows and bulls.

Farmers from the same peasant community Farmers from neighboring communities Rural micro-entrepreneurs Irrigation systems organizations Farmers from peasant communities who have a contract with a public or private development institution • Local governments • Institutions and projects

Available documents on the topic National systematizations Yapuchiris Experience Systematization in Bolivia (PROSUKO, UNAPA) Document www.asocam.org/biblioteca/Portal_OL_Sistematizacion_Yapuchiris.pdf video http://www.asocam.org/index.shtml?x=15933 Kamayoq Experience Systematization in Peru Document www.asocam.org/biblioteca/Portal_OL_Sistematizacion_Kamayoq.pdf video http://www.asocam.org/index.shtml?x=15934 Peasant Promoters Experience Systematization in Central America Document www.asocam.org/biblioteca/Portal_OL_Sistematizacion_Promotores.pdf video http://www.asocam.org/index.shtml?x=18284 Regional Video http://www.asocam.org/index.shtml?x=18282 Publications Catalogue for Peasant Suppliers Document http://www.asocam.org/biblioteca/Catalogo_OL_Final.pdf CD http://www.asocam.org/CD/CD_Ofertantes_Campesinos/Bienvenida.htm Peasant Suppliers of Technical Assistance Services Thematic CD CD

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Coming soon : Orientations Guide

Acknowledgements: A special recognition to the members of the Interlearning Group for their active participation and contributions to generate orientations in topic of regional importance, Suppliers Associations: Kamayoq from Peru, Yapuchiris from Bolivia and the Peasant University from Nicaragua. Projects: MASAL, PROMIPAC and PROSUKO. Thematic Leader of the Group: Robert Berlin (Intercooperation)


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