Our Mission

The Potato Park is an Indigenous Biocultural Heritage Area which aims to protect and preserve the collective biocultural heritage of 6000 villagers from six Quechua communities located in Cusco, Peru. The Park holds the largest in-situ diversity of potatoes in the world: approximately 1400 varieties. The Potato Park seeks to manage landscapes, ecosystems, biological and cultural assets for the collective benefit of participating communities, and strengthen their resilience to the adverse impacts of climate change.

Endogenous development depends on the natural resources of the fragile agroecosystems indigenous peoples inhabit. The Potato Park’s distinct livelihoods depend on the health of the land and natural resources where local peoples have vital knowledge of how to develop, implement and monitor sustainable natural resource management. Therefore, local development strategies must be based upon indigenous concepts, such as indigenous peoples’ concept of development, which underlines the specific relationship to the land.

The objective of this project is to support community controlled development by strengthening local capacity to manage biocultural heritage for endogenous development in the Potato Park. This includes incorporating principles of sustainable utilization of resources, innovations, simplicity, social responsibility and maintaining a harmonious relationship through cooperation and reciprocity into business models and plans.

Asociación ANDES (http://andes.org.pe/) has been supporting endogenous development in the Potato Park since 1998. Current economic collectives (microenterprises) focus their activities on gastronomy, natural products development, agroecotourism, and crafts, for the development and production of biocultural products and services.


Over the past 20 year the Potato Park has grown from an experiment in preserving Biocultural Heritage, to a model that can be used to protect the rights of indigenous peoples around the world.
— Alejandro Argumedo, Asociación ANDES

What We've Achieved

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