Bolivia, Ecuador, and Peru.


The Andes region is the origin of many crops and has a long history of domestication. The area is known for high agricultural biodiversity, traditional knowledge, and crop-livestock systems that date back millennia. The high mountain ecosystem is characterized by many fragile micro-environments that are prone to soil erosion and threatened by climate change. Traditional production systems are being stressed to meet increasing food demand and income needs, and glacial melt is reducing water resources for irrigation. Some national governments in the region are interested in abiotic and biotic local climate change indicators which could be used to help communities adapt to climate change, and some are also placing more emphasis on on traditional farming knowledge and exploring mechanisms to incorporate it into mainstream research and development programs.


The Andes community of practice (CoP) encompasses Bolivia, Ecuador, and Peru and counts among its members a wide range of partners, including research institutions, farmer groups, non-governmental organizations, and government agencies. The CoP supports integrated and diverse production systems that embrace conservation and native agricultural biodiversity. Funding is directed toward conservation of agricultural biodiversity, breeding and variety selection, seed systems, integrated crop and pest management, risk management and climate variability, nutrition, soil fertility management, and market development.

Raising the profile of traditional knowledge and understanding its relationship to scientific research are key goals of the Andes CoP. The CoP is funding projects to determine the strengths and shortcomings of existing systems of traditional agriculture knowledge and the extent to which they can be adapted on a large scale. In response to government interest in local climate change adaptation strategies, several CoP projects are researching biological indicators and will be producing data and evidence to contribute to scientific and policy discussions on this issue.

Because many CoP members are development organizations, there is a strong emphasis on the connection between research and development in terms of outcomes and impacts. The CoP focuses on strengthening projects’ capacity to use mixed research methods, build tighter collaborations between social scientists and biophysical scientists, and increase rigor around data collection and analysis. The CoP strategy emphasizes more structured social science research and provides targeted support.


AEI/ PAR Studentship
A Participatory Action Research (PAR) approach to Assess Monitoring and Evaluation in a Farmer Research Network (FRN) in Bolivia
Agrobiodiversity and Nutrition II
Sowing the Andean diet: Escalating the use of agrobiodiveristy to improve child nutrition in communities in Huancavelica.
Alternative Food Networks (AFN)
Alternative Networks of Production and Consumption: Facilitating rural-urban encounters to strengthen Local Healthy Food Systems
Biannual Meeting
Biannual Meeting for strengthening agricultural research for an inclusive rural development in Peru and its neighboring Andean countries (Ecuador and Bolivia)
Community baskets III
Promoting Alternative Food Networks to Strengthen Local Healthy Food Systems: Experiences of Linking Farmers and Consumers’ Organizations
Ecological Consumers of Cochabamba
Ecological Consumers of Cochabamba
Farmer Videos
Farmer Videos
Farmers and Food Assistance
Linking small-scale farmers to food assistance programmes
Food Sovereignty
Integrating Child Nutrition to Family Farming and Local Organization in the Sub-Central Sik'imira, Municipality of Vila Vila, Bolivia
FRN Early Climate Warning
Development and evaluation of tools for including local knowledge in the management of climate related risks in the Bolivian Highlands
Participatory Development of Technological Innovations to Increase Productivity of Agricultural Soils in Depressed Andean Regions of Bolivia
Local Markets Cuzco
A Learning Platform for Building Localized Food Networks in Cusco, Peru
Lupin IPM
LEGUMIP: Adaptive and integrated management of lupine pests in social-ecological agroscapes in the Tropical Andes
Organic Groundnut III
Scaling up of innovations for safe production of native organic Bolivian peanuts, mycotoxin prevention and sustainable access to markets
Plot Diversification
Diversification of Andean Agroecosystems within Plots and Farmscapes
12-186, 13-305
Plot Diversification II
Forage and Fallows II: Expanding the impact of improved fallows and landscape management for soil fertility and ecosystem services
Punas and Pastures III
Involving Small-Scale Andean Livestock Farmers in Participatory Applied Research and Demand-Driven Innovation to Improve Rangeland Management in Peru's Cordillera Blanca
Quinoa III
Research on Alternatives for the Technological and Social Demands of the Quinoa Sector
Yapuchiris II
Extension of the Yapuchiri System for Efficient Agriculture. Operative Construction of Community Economy Models
Agrobiodiversity and nutrition
Agrobiodiversity and nutrition for the food security of the Chopccas Communities of Huancavelica
Andean Grain III
Supporting Andean Grains Productivity Increase in Communities in the Provinces of Cotopaxi, Chimborazo, Bolivar, Canar and Loja, Ecuadro
Andean grains
Food security improvement for communities in the Cotopaxi, Chimborazo and Canar provinces of Ecuador through farming of quinoa, lupin, and amaranth
Andean grains II
Strengthen support for food security in communities in the Province of Cotopaxi, Chimborazo, and Canar in Ecuador, through the cultivation of quinoa, lupin, and amaranth
Andean pests
Innovative Approaches to Manage Insect Pest risks in changing Andes (INNOMIP)
09-022, 09-023, 09-026, 09-031
Biodiversity and soil conservation
Biodiversity and soil conservation: The motor for development of Chopcca communities in Huancavelica, Peru
Biodiversity of Andean tubers
Inca food: disclosing it from the Andes to humanity and the world
Biopesticide/potato moth
Development and distribution of the commercial prototype of a biopesticide based on virus JLZ9F, to control the presence of Tecia solanivora in the Ecuadorian Andes
Climate risk management
Management of climate related risks with regards to climate and social changes
CLOSAN - Local Food Provisions Evaluation
Impact Evaluation: Supporting the capacities of local governments to improve food security and nutrition in Ecuador
Communal agricultural risk management
Management of Communal Agricultural Risks (GRAC) in the Challa Canton, Tapacari municipality
Community baskets
Community Baskets: An urban-rural platform for healthier food systems
Community baskets II
Small-scale agriculture and access to local markets: impacts on biodiversity, nutrition, and welfare of farm families
Cover agriculture in the highland Andes
Cover agriculture in the high Andes: A farmer-led research initiative
Food security
Implementation of a learning-action process in food security and nutrition for the marginalized rural zones of the Bolivian Central Andes
Green manures/legumes
Integrating agronomic and health research for enhanced food production and diets in a highly marginalized Andean region
Sustainable production systems to guarantee food security in impoverished communities in the province of Cotopaxi, Ecuador
Native potato
Improved production of native potatoes in the Andean highlands of Peru
Native potato seed systems
Strengthening native potato seed systems in Bolivia, Ecuador, and Peru
09-029, 11-249
Nutrition support
Improved health through agriculture interventions: providing continued support to two CCRP projects in the Andes
On-farm Conservation
Assessing the success of on-farm conservation projects in delivering conservation and livelihood outcomes: Identifying best practices and decision support tools
test Organic groundnut
Development of export markets for certified organic groundnut in the European Union for small scale producers from the valleys of Bolivia
Organic Groundnut II
Strategies for the sustainability of the institutional, technological, and market of producers mechanisms in the valleys of Bolivia linked to groundnut agribusiness
Potato moth
Biopesticide development and diffusion of potato moths: Integrated management to strengthen food security in the Ecuadorian Andes
Quinoa I
Sustainable production of quinoa, a neglected food crop in the Andean region
Quinoa III
Participative development and validation of Technological Innovations to reduce the vulnerability of the families of the altiplano whose sustenance is based on the quinoa and potato crops
09-1204 & 09-1205
Quinoa sustainability
Perspectives on the sustainability of quinoa production-consumption in the Peruvian Altiplano
Conservation Agriculture in the Andean Region of Bolivia
Seed systems
The biological foundation of food security in the Andes
Soil nutrient budgets
Putting soil nutrient budgets into practice: Policy and extension education products based on research with smallholder farmers
Supply security and sustainable livelihoods
Financial analysis service and impact assessment of Quinoa
Sustainable Production of Quinoa
Sustainable production of quinoa, a neglected food crop in the Andean region
Water security
Enhancing the water security of the Andean agricultural systems through the conservation of the ecosystems of the wet Puna in Northern Peru
Water security II
Enhancing the water security of the Andean agricultural systems, through the conservation of the ecosystems of the wet Puna ecosystems
Farmer research and innovation groups for sustainable agriculture. A model for the local construction of shared knowledge for productive community development.
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