Innovation and the Spaces of Biodiversity

Karl S. Zimmerer

in Changing Fortunes

Published by University of California Press

Published in print January 1997 | ISBN: 9780520203037
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520917033 | DOI:
Innovation and the Spaces of Biodiversity

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This chapter examines the dynamics of farm space after the Land Reform of 1969, which sharpened the contrast between the landscapes of the Paucartambo Andes harboring diversity and ones without it. A quartet of local farm units—Hill, Valley, Oxen Area, and Early Planting—were defined by the Quechua farmers and their communities. By creating the distinct units of land use, many farmers gained enough flexibility to seed the diverse crops while pursuing new commerce. Their creation of the four farm spaces not only enabled them to keep the diverse crops viable but also shaped the options for future development. The character of their farm spaces was of redoubled relevance to diversity's fortunes, since the units were used to guide the farmers' acts of dispersing and distributing their diverse crops across the landscape.

Keywords: Paucartambo Andes; Quechua farmers; farm spaces; 1969 land reform

Chapter.  17361 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Anthropology

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