6th Henry A. Wallace Inter-American Scientific Conference: “Agrobiodiversity in Mesoamerica – from genes to landscapes

The aim of the Wallace conference is to strengthen the use and management of agrobiodiversity in Mesoamerica by bringing together international research  and public sector organizations, universities and civil society to study, analyze and take action to promote sustainable land management, in recognition of the International Year of Biodiversity in 2010, as declared by the […]

PRATEC, Andean communities and the importance of their “crianza”

   PRATEC, the Andean Project for Peasant Technologies (Proyecto Andino para las Tecnologías Campesinas) is a Peruvian non-governmental organization, founded in 1988 and devoted to the recovery and valorisation of traditional agricultural practices and associated knowledge.   PRATEC participates in the efforts of Andean Amazonian peasant communities to counter the socially and ecologically destructive effects of industrial […]

The Potato Park: Conserving Agrobiodiversity and the Andean Ancient Culture

The Potato Park is a new local model for the conservation of agro-biodiversity established in 1998 by the Association ANDES and six indigenous Kechua communities in Pisaq, Cuzco, Peru. Based on traditional Andean models, such as the integrated management of the nature of the landscape and the strengthening of local sustainable activities and poverty alleviation strategies, […]

Agricultural Biodiversity Conservation and Man and Biosphere Reserves: Bridging managed and natural landscapes

Landscapes, ecosystems and (agricultural) biodiversity that underpin rural food security are in rapid decline. Increasingly, communities are driven into poverty and forced to relinquish traditional lifeways and environmentally sustainable agricultural practices. Some of the richest, most beautiful and diverse agricultural landscapes can be found in UNESCO Man and Biosphere (MAB) Reserves around the world. Yet, […]