Simón I. Patiño Foundation

Simón I. Patiño Centre for Applied Ecology

Santa Cruz, Bolivia

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Simón I. Patiño Centre for Applied Ecology

Calle Suárez Figueroa
esq. Independencia N° 89
Casilla 169
Santa Cruz
Tel. :+591-3-3701905
Fax :+591-3-3701906 int. 114

Environmentally-sustainable agriculture and livestock rearing in difficult tropical conditions

Opened in 1995, the Simón I. Patiño Centre for Applied Ecology is dedicated to the promotion and development of farming methods on shallow, sandy soils that are very low in nutrients and have been exhausted by years of intensive monoculture.

Our Centre also works on rehabilitating and establishing a viable gene pool of Criollo cattle. Now almost extinct, this breed was introduced to Latin America around 500 years ago and was “improved” over time by the cross-breeding of European and Asian herds.

Criollo cattle are invaluable, due to their exceptional ability to adapt to tropical climatic conditions and their resistance to disease. They are an ideal source of meat and dairy produce for small-scale farmers in a tropical environment.

The farming and cattle-rearing methods developed by our Centre are systematically transferred to local communities, students and Bolivian and international researchers.

Located on the outskirts of the city of Santa Cruz de la Sierra and next to the Lomas de Arena regional natural park, the Centre is one of the city's last remaining protected green areas.

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Our Centres

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.


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.



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.