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Potato Park Declaration

In April 2017, over 100 indigenous people representing 39 mountain communities from Bhutan, China, India, Kenya, Kyrgyz Republic, Papua New Guinea, Peru, the Philippines, Taiwan, Tajikistan and Thailand, together with 26 representatives from civil society, research, government and donor organisations, gathered in the Potato Park, Cusco, Peru to discuss the role of indigenous and modern knowledge systems in improving the wellbeing of mountain communities in the face of climate change.

This declaration of the International Network of Mountain Indigenous Peoples (INMIP) outlines the key messages from this meeting, INMIP's fourth community to community learning exchange. The declaration calls for action among indigenous peoples and traditional farmers to work for the preservation of their biocultural heritage landscapes and traditional resource management systems, and among national governments to implement policies that support indigenous knowledge systems.

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IIED is working with partners in China, India, Kenya and Peru to revitalise traditional knowledge-based – or 'biocultural' – innovation systems of smallholder farmers in order to strengthen food security in the face of climate change. Traditional farmers continually improve and adapt their crops and farming practices in response to new challenges, using local knowledge and biodiversity, generating new technologies and practices.

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