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The Vicissitudes of Biodiversity's Fortune

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/9780520203037.003.0007
The Vicissitudes of Biodiversity's Fortune

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This chapter examines our thinking on the past and present role of diverse crops in the livelihoods of Quechua peasants in the Andes. It evaluates how the ecological and social conditions behind the farming of diverse crops by the Quechua in Paucartambo are less fragile and fine-tuned than often assumed; instead, they are more flexible and dependent on modified environments and changing management by farmers. The vitality of diverse crops in their farming raises a cautious hope for conservation integrated with sustainable development. By acknowledging farmers, such as the Quechua in Paucanambo, as architects of diversity's fortunes, although not solely of their own design, the conclusion recommends certain policies and programs that can contribute toward biological conservation and sustainable development.

Keywords: Quechua peasants; diverse crops; farming; modified environments; sustainable development; biological conservation

Chapter.  6817 words. 

Subjects: Anthropology

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