Assessing the effects of land-use change on agrobiodiversity – Findings from Cachilaya

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PAR is pleased to share the fourth poster on our participatory research project “Supporting Agrobiodiversity Maintenance and Use in the Context of 
Land Management Decisions”. In Bolivia we worked in collaboration with the Fundacion Gaia Pacha, PROINPA and the Aymara community of Cachilaya. Together we assessed the effects of land-use change on agrobiodiversity and farmers’ perceptions of ecosystem services and factors that confer resilience.

Cachilaya lies in the great Altiplano (Spanish, meaning “high plain”), which is in the center of origin of potato, quinoa and cañahua. The government recognizes the role of Custodian Farmers as an important contribution to in-situ conservation and food sovereignty. In 2014, an insightful case study was published that tells the stories of three custodian farmers Doña Viviana, Don Elias, and Don Ricardo.

Rich crop diversity, which includes as many as 100 varieties of several potato species, is embedded in the gradually changing traditional land-use system. The community’s resilience is attributed to the social fabric of diversity management. Pachamama guides peoples’ perceptions of their environment, wherein all living entities, both human and non-human, are interdependent and in need of harmony to provide good conditions.

Download the poster here