Simón I. Patiño Foundation

Pairumani Seed Centre

Cochabamba, Bolivia

Contact Us

Pairumani Seed Centre

Casilla 128
Tel. :+591-4-4262021
Fax :+591-4-4356647

We propagate the improved seeds developed by the Phytoecogenetic Research Centre, and make them accessible to all Bolivian farmers

Since its foundation in 1989, our Pairumani Seed Centre has made a major contribution to the social and economic development of Bolivia’s rural communities. We produce, treat and market seeds of the cereal and vegetable varieties that have been improved by our Pairumani Phytoecogenetic Research Centre.

The seeds are produced at the Pairumani Model Farm, as well as with contracted farmers throughout the region. These farmers are provided with the seeds, together with technical assistance throughout the production cycle.

Over 500 local farmers have benefited from the Pairumani Seed Centre.

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La Paz & El Alto

The Patiño Foundation carries out a range of cultural, educational and literary activities at its facility in La Paz, Bolivia’s capital city.

In order to address the needs of the rural population that has moved to El Alto, Bolivia’s second-largest city, our Foundation has built a nutrition Centre there that helps over 220 children each year.


Santa Cruz

Santa Cruz de la Sierra is Bolivia’s fastest-growing city and largest economic centre. It is home to many petrochemical and agricultural companies. As the city is located in the country’s tropical lowlands, the Foundation plays a pivotal role in educating the local population and farmers to work with the area’s fragile environment. In addition, we provide a hugely-popular programme of cultural and educational activities.



The Foundation’s administrative headquarters has been situated in Geneva since 1958. All our student scholarships are administered from here, as are our wider activities across Bolivia. Throughout the year, we host a series of cultural events in Geneva, aimed at promoting youth talent in Switzerland.