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Agrobiodiversity in the Andes is exceptionally rich in species and varieties of global importance for food and health. More than 50 species including roots, tubers, grains, pulses, fruits and other types of edible plants were domesticated in the Andean region. However, most are excluded from our food systems and some are at risk of being permanently lost. Land-use changes, globalization of the modern diet and climate pressures challenge the future of agrobiodiversity, human well-being and our planet.

The current COVID-19 crisis is a sobering reminder of the urgent need to redesign food systems that serve and sustain biodiversity, people and the planet. In this webinar, we examine the achievements, challenges and new opportunities toward development that is socially inclusive and sustainable from the lens of bioeconomy for agrobiodiversity conservation and healthy diets. We address such questions as: What is needed to transcend the gaps in agrobiodiversity conservation and utilization? What innovations support the transition to food systems that foster rather than undermine the bounty of agrobiodiversity in the Andes?

In this webinar, the International Potato Center’s Andean Initiative brings together experts from academia, the public and private sectors with complementary perspectives on nutrition, sustainable and healthy diets, and differential market systems. Drawing from Bolivia, Ecuador, Peru and the United States, the panelists will present on lessons learned and new, emerging pathways from the Andean farm to the table.


July 30, 2020
10:00 am (Peru)


Viviana Infantas
Institutional Relations Specialist, CIP


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To foster the exchange of scientific knowledge and showcase tailor-made examples of development with Andean agrobiodiversity, highlighting its contribution to human nutrition, food systems for healthy diets, and potential of developing inclusive and sustainable bioeconomies in the Andean region.

Issues to be discussed

  • Nexus of nutrition and agrobiodiversity in the Andes
  • Development of socially inclusive bioeconomies with unique agrobiodiversity
  • Perspectives and experiences toward sustainable food systems
  • Challenges and opportunities from the Andean farm to the table in a post-pandemic world