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Farming communities in Peru recover 226 potato varieties using ancestral practices, sustainable farming methods

Five years of training in ancestral practices and sustainable development has reportedly resulted in the recovery of some 226 potato varieties cultivated by high Andean communities in the Huancavelica, Apurimac, Cusco, and Puno regions, which will contribute to food security, the conservation of agricultural biodiversity, and resilience to face climate change in Peru.

As Nation World reports, these achievements have resulted from the exchange of new practices and technology of agriculture and biodiversity conservation with ancient methods inherited from generation to generation of high Andean communities, resulting in 95 preserved ancestral practices.

All this is financed by the Global Environment Facility (GEF), as part of the Agricultural Biodiversity Project with the Global Agricultural Heritage Important Systems (GIAHS) approach, executed by the Ministry of Environment and the Ministry of Development. Agriculture and Irrigation with the implementation by the United Nations World Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the administration of Profonnpe.

César Sotomayor, National Coordinator of the GEF Agrobiodiversity SIPAM Project said 72 communities are incorporating integrated management practices to favor the conservation of agricultural biodiversity such as: wetlands, kochas, planting and harvesting water, afforestation and reforestation with native species, water for irrigation.

Women have also been empowered in harvesting, and Kusikui has become the leader of businesses selling products through an app developed in Lima.

Source: Nation World. Read the full story here
Photo: Credit Nation World

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