Food Production and Climate Resilience in Peru: Past, Present and Future

Cordillera Blanca, Ancash Region, Peru
  • Network Collaborators
  • University of Reading (UK): Professor Nicholas Branch, Professor Andrew Wade, Professor Chris Collins, Professor Mike Goodman, Dr Stuart Black, Dr Frank Meddens, Dr Joy Singarayer, Dr Francisco Ferreira.
  • University College London (UK): Dr Bill Sillar.
  • Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú (Peru): Dr Martin Timana, Dr Fernando Gonzalez.
  • Universidad Nacional de San Cristóbal de Huamanga (Peru): Dr Cirilo Vivanco.
  • Universidad Nacional Mayor de San Marcos (Peru): Dr Cesar Astuhuaman.
  • Universidad Nacional Federico Villarreal (Peru): Dr Carlos Farfan.
  • Universidad de Buenos Aires(Argentina): Dr Kevin Lane.
  • Universidad de los Andes (Colombia): Dr Alex Herrera.
  • NGO Asociación Andina Cusichaca (Peru): Douglas Walsh.

The interdisciplinary, collaborative research network ‘Food Production and Climate Resilience in Peru: Past, Present and Future’ aims to address how effective management of water resources and sustainable land-use reduces poverty and enhances the quality of life of communities living in rural parts of the Peruvian Andes. The impact of climate change is widely recognized in Peru, with the Ministry of the Environment reporting agricultural losses of important staple crops in highland areas such as potato and maize most seriously affected. Poverty remains widespread in highland areas, and 50% of the nation’s wealth remains distributed within a small percentage of the total population (20%). The problems of poverty are exacerbated by lower educational and economic opportunities compared to urban areas, and linguistic and cultural differences between highland and lowland-coastal areas. These factors have led to the migration of people to urban areas, especially Lima, which has seen its population double in the last 30 years, causing a steady decline in rural populations, a breakdown of community structures, and a potential loss of knowledge and understanding.