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Biocultural Heritage innovations in the Potato Park - SIFOR qualitative baseline study, Peru

This report presents the results of a qualitative baseline study on biocultural heritage-based innovations for food security and climate resilience. It was conducted in four Quechua communities in the Potato Park, Cusco, Peru, from January to August 2013, as part of the Smallholder Innovation for Resilience(SIFOR) project. The study defined Quechua biocultural innovations as the practical use of new knowledge. These could be endogenous innovations, emerging from the interactions of elements of biocultural heritage – traditional knowledge, biodiversity, landscapes, cultural and spiritual values and customary laws – or collaborative innovations, emerging from the links between traditional knowledge and science. Information about innovations was collected through focus groups, in-depth interviews and participatory action research combined with indigenous research methods, involving a total of 60 households. Community researchers facilitated the focus groups and interviews following customary protocols. They used ICTs to collect data in oral formats, and analyse it in both Quechua and Spanish to enable their active participation.

Keyword: Biocultural heritage

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