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.


The Potato Park operates as a “living laboratory”, where different methods are applied for all potato varieties. We are committed to give the Potato Park multi-sectoral support because they teach us something very important: unity, although with differences, for a noble purpose, magnifies all of us as Peruvians.

https://www.facebook.com/MecheAraozF/posts/1819915258333900
— Mercedes Araoz, Second Vice President of Peru
The Biocultural management of the Potato Park, is enriching because through the use of inclusive business models, culinary innovations based on the diversity of native potatoes, seed production and storage strategies, among others, are achieveing innovative climate change adaptaion in the Cusco region.

http://www.minam.gob.pe/notas-de-prensa/ministra-elsa-galarza-destaca-labor-de-comunidades-en-preservacion-genetica-de-la-papa-y-desarrollo-de-experiencias-bioculturales/
— Elsa Galarza, Minister of Environment of Peru

What We've Achieved

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