2003 - Araucanía Tierra Viva Program (Chile)
April 2003 was the formal start of the
“Program for the Environmental Reclamation and Socio-Productive
Development of Farmers and Indigenous People” started in the IXth
Region of Chile, known as the Araucania. The program is now better
known as “Araucanía Tierra Viva”.
The main objective of the program is to contribute to the living
conditions, necessary to reclaim, preserve and use the natural
resources, within the framework of sustainable development of farmer
and indigenous families. The program set out to be innovative in their
training methodologies, as these methodologies emphasize experience and
knowledge of the people, as a main source of learning.
Humberto van der Zel, co-Director of the program,
invited Willem van Immerzeel to help introduce the methodology
Pachamama Raymi, from the very beginnings of the program. Araucanía
Tierra Viva decided to use Pachamama Raymi for their program aimed at
reclamation of natural resources (see: rules & regulations), for the environmental and intercultural education program and to stimulate and improve small rural family enterprises (see: rules & regulations).
the closing seminar of Araucanía Tierra Viva (October 2007), Dr.
Jerónimo Molina Ávila, Regional Director of the Regional Technical
Cooperation Service (SERCOTEC),
announced that Pachamama Raymi would be used nationally. This happened
after having used it successfully to stimulate small family businesses
in the IX Region of Chile. SERCOTEC is part of the CORFO. Its goal is
to aid initiatives and improve competitiveness of micro and small
enterprises, and to strengthen management capacity of the
entrepreneurs. (See MIDEPLAN)
A new name for Pachamama Raymi was created in Chile: “Learning from the Best”, reflecting probably the main idea of Pachamama Raymi.
The program published many books during its four year existence (for example: Learning from the best (in Spanish, pdf). All books are available here. There are several evaluations (pdf) of the different programs.(pilar (pdf).
Final evaluation and pictures 01 and 02.