ANDES is a non-profit association involved in:
and relief from poverty
Recongnition and strengthening of communal traditional rights on biocultural
Promotion of institutional changes and policies relevant to conservation and
This work takes into account the considerations of:
that effect ANDES:
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.
development strategies based on the Andean cosmovision and traditional values
in an effort that the interventions are holistic, democratic, participative and
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.
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