Andean Values have Promoted Biodiversity and Sustainable Agriculture for Centuries


The cultural values of the Quechuas and Aymaras, indigenous people of the Peruvian Andes, are helping to protect their environment and promote biodiversity. The Andean saying “criar y dyarse criar” means “to nurture and let oneself be nurtured” or “to raise the world [as one raises children and crops] and let oneself be raised by it.” It reflects the harmonious and mutually beneficial relationship Andean people have with their environment. For the Quechuas and Aymaras, harmony is something that must be procured, and agriculture is important to the continuance of life.

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