Simón I. Patiño Foundation

Phytoecogenetic Research Centre

Cochabamba, Bolivia

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Phytoecogenetic Research Centre

Villa Albina
Casilla 128
Tel. :+591-4-4010470
Fax :+591-4-4263329

We improve seed quality to enhance nutrition in the Bolivian highlands   

The Pairumani Centre for Phytoecogenetic Research opened in 1970. This was set up to help improve the nutritional quality of the cereals and vegetables that are the staple foods in temperate Inter-Andean valleys. We select then distribute new varieties of maize, broad beans, peas and common beans. These new varieties are better tuned to the region’s climactic variations and resistant to common diseases, while also offering the highest yields and best nutritional value.

New varieties are reproduced and distributed to 500 small-scale farmers each year.

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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.