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Loss and Conservation of the Diverse Crops

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: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520203037.003.0005
Loss and Conservation of the Diverse Crops

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This chapter examines how three “hot spots” of diversity in the Paucartambo Andes—Challabamba, Colquepata, and Mollomarca—differed markedly in terms of whether their farmers could sustain the trove of crop plants after Peru's Land Reform of 1969. The array of place-based contrasts became sharper after the transformation of land tenure and the ensuing growth of commerce and semi-proletarian status among the Quechua in Paucanambo. Forces such as crop-processing agribusinesses and urban food markets favored by national economic policies cast the fortunes of diverse crops into an ever more uneven geography, since the places of de facto conservation stood out from those of biological loss.

Keywords: Quechua farmers; Paucartambo Andes; Challabamba; Colquepata; Peru; land reform; crop-processing agribusinesses

Chapter.  15960 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Anthropology

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