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Changing Fortunes: Biodiversity and Peasant Livelihood in the Peruvian Andes

Karl Zimmerer


Two of the world's most pressing needs—biodiversity conservation and agricultural development in the Third World—are addressed in this multidisciplinary investigation in geography. The book challenges current opinion by showing that the world-renowned diversity of crops grown in the Andes may not be as hopelessly endangered as is widely believed. It uses the lengthy history of small-scale farming by Indians in Peru, including contemporary practices and attitudes, to shed light on prospects for the future. During prolonged fieldwork among Peru's Quechua peasants and villagers in the mountains n ... More

Keywords: biodiversity, agricultural development, Third World, crops, Andes, small-scale farming, Peru, Quechua, agrarian transitions, diversity

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 1997 Print ISBN-13: 9780520203037
Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2012 DOI:10.1525/california/9780520203037.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Karl Zimmerer, author