Asociación ANDES
Street Ciro Alegria H-13, Urb. Santa Monica - Wanchaq
Postal code Nº 567, Cusco - Peru
Phone: 51-84-245021
About us

ANDES is a non-profit association involved in:

Struggle and relief from poverty

Biodiversity management

Recongnition and strengthening of communal traditional rights on biocultural resources, and

Promotion of institutional changes and policies relevant to conservation and development.

This work takes into account the considerations of:



Sustainability and

Participative processes.

To that effect ANDES:

Works cooperatively with indigenous organizations at the communal level in the development of adaptive models of indigenous biocultural heritage that affirm the rights and reponsibilities of the communities and that strengthen food sovereignty and local sustainability.

Utilizes communal development strategies based on the Andean cosmovision and traditional values in an effort that the interventions are holistic, democratic, participative and efective locally. 

               In recent years ANDES has become in a nationally and internationally recognized organization in the area of defense of indigenous rights on genetic resources, traditional knowledge and the protection and conservation of centers of origin of native Andean crops and landscape.

               ANDES is a pioneer in the promotion and establishment of Biocultural Heritages Areas, based on an innovative strategy that combines conservation and sustainable use of agrobiodiversity and landscape in the development of new strategies of local sustenance and poverty reduction.

Potato Park is an emblematic project of this new proposal of conservation-development.


ANDES seeks to promote sumaq kausay in all its dimensions through the promotion and celebration of diversity in all its social, natural, biocultural and spiritual manifestations.

Sumaq kausay (SK) is a central philosophy in Andean indigenous cosmovision. It is a holistic vision, which considers diverse elements of the human condition, recognizing that a range of factors influence the quality of life. According to Javier Lajo the Quechua term sumaq incorporates ideas such as good, beautiful and harmonious, and kausay refers to life, living or existence. Therefore, sumaq kausay may be variously understood as living well, beautiful life, harmonious existence, or beautiful and healthy life. The concept can be thought of as a link, rule, compromise or contract between humans and pachamama (mother earth) to work together to satisfy their needs through ayni (reciprocity) (Lajo, 2010: p. 3). In Spanish, sumaq kausay is commonly translated as ‘buen vivir’. While it may be translated into English at times as ‘well being’, sumaq kausay has fundamental differences with well being as understood in western thought, and the two should not be equated.

 Sumaq Causay, or harmonious living, implies an ethical way of life, taking only what we need from Pachamama, Mother Earth, without damaging her rights. Pachamama is a living being so she is treated with respect, as our mother. 

Sumaq Causay has the principle of reciprocity, Ayni, between nature´s rights and collective rights as its foundation. This relationship is the basis for individual rights.

This concept is based on the principles of complementarity and reciprocity where the respect for life and Mother Earth are fundamental.

When there is balance and harmony among the three Ayllus, the Ayllu of the Runas (humans and their domesticated crops and animals), the Sallaka (wild plants and creatures) and the Auki Ayllu (sacred beings, including mountain protector spirits), then there is Sumaq Causay. The Ayllu Program, inspired in the understanding of the three ayllus that harmoniouly create sumaq causay, explains more about how our work is organized.

ANDES is registered in the Association Registry of the office for Public Records in Cusco, No. 686. It is also registered at the Peruvian Agency for International Cooperation (APCI) under Managerial Resolution 0016-2007/APCI-GOC issued 26 January 2007.

Lajo, 2010: p. 3

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Asociación ANDES
Street Ciro Alegria H-13, Urb. Santa Monica - Wanchaq
Postal code Nº 567, Cusco - Peru
Phone: 51-84-245021
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