The Andean Initiative pursues a collaborative and demand-driven direction for research and development. It specifically seeks to address the threats of agrobiodiversity loss, climate change, and malnutrition in an integrated manner:
Agrobiodiversity: The Initiative will promote interactive in-situ conservation in biocultural hotspots, as well as biodiscovery, bioeconomy, and differential market systems based on the Andes’ unique species and varietal diversity.
Climate action: The Initiative will produce a range of science-based solutions to strengthen the climate resilience of mountain communities, while assuring sustainable management and restoration of carbon stocks in high-altitude peat and grasslands.
Food for health: By keeping the focus on people, we can uncover important breakthroughs on diet, food chains, and consumer behavior, compiling evidence to build systems that provide healthy diets to fight the double burden of malnutrition – stunting and obesity.
Closing the gap: All thematic areas of the Andean Initiative will proactively address social barriers to achieve inclusive development and to maximize the potential of digital tools and communication technologies to boost accessibility, portability, and coverage of information for mountain agriculture. Through our science for co-innovation, we will integrate the needs and perspectives of youth, women and indigenous people within all our research and interventions to ensure we support social transformation, youth entrepreneurship, gender equality, and indigenous people’s empowerment.
Working closely with a range of stakeholders from universities, the private sector and civil society, the Andean Initiative offers a rare opportunity to combine the applied scientific research to ensure the on-farm conservation of agrobiodiversity, innovative climate action and adoption of healthy diets.