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

SIFOR - Smallholder Innovation for Resilience: Strengthening innovation systems for food security in the face of climate change (2012-2017).

This work builds on a previous project (2005-2009), “Protecting community rights over traditional knowledge”, coordinated by IIED with the same country partners in China, India, Peru and Kenya. The project entailed participatory research with traditional farming communities on how traditional knowledge and associated bio-innovations are developed and sustained, and the role of cultural values and landscapes; the threats to traditional knowledge and how traditional knowledge and innovation systems can best be protected from loss and misappropriation. It identified and developed a number of practical tools with the communities. The current project builds on this research and continues the work to develop practical tools to protect traditional knowledge and innovation systems.

Using participatory research methodology, the project will help the communities involved to identify and assess traditional knowledge-based innovations and practices that enhance productivity. Among these there are traditional crop varieties with important traits (drought resistance, pest resistance, etc.), traditional farming practices and climate change response strategies (eg. exchange of seeds between altitudes to access different varieties).

Other important elements included in the study are cultural values, such as reciprocity and eco-spiritualit;, biodiversity conservation, collective resource management, access to wild gene pools and sacred sites (ie. landscapes); and sharing and exchange of bio-innovations over large areas.

In the case of Peru, the project takes place in the Potato Park, which is managed by six Quechua communities in a microcenter of potato diversity. The activities are coordinated by Potato Park community technicians, with technical support from ANDES, and carried out by community leaders, elders, and economic collectives. Local learning groups and community workshops are held to: analyse TK-based innovations and conditions for resilience, including local customary laws/values; and analyse the use of the territory to understand the zonation of the parks’ agroecosystems. The results are then used to develop a Life Plan for resource management and food security in the Potato Park context of climate change. This is needed to address significant climate change impacts already affecting the park.

The findings will be documented, utilized and shared.

► Endogenous development - Runa Ayllu
► Biocultural Conservation - Sallqa Ayllu
► Policy - Auki Ayllu
► Horizontal Education and Communication - Ayni

► Lares Project: Scaling-Up
► Biocultural Innovations
► Indigenous Biocultural Heritage
► South-South Exchange Program
► Sowing Diversity = Harvesting Security
► Open Source Seeds Initiative (OSSI)
► Indigenous Peoples Biocultural Climate Change Assessment (IPCCA)
► Campaigns
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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