Agroecology in the Andes: Mountain microorganisms (VIDEO)

Agnes Rivera & Carlo Brescia

A series of videos filmed in Ancash aim to raise awareness of one of the oldest forms of family business: farming.

Agroecology in the Andes: Mountain microorganisms (VIDEO)

(Screenshot: Youtube/Carlo Brescia)

The project Healthy and Sovereign Land has produced a series of educational videos of agroecological practices, all filmed in the Andean region of northern Peru. Why would this be of interest to our readers, many of whom live in cities? Well, that food on your table may be the most obvious reason for giving thanks to the skilled farmers and laborers who plant, harvest, and deliver what eventually becomes a meal.

As Video Director Carlo Brescia told Living in Peru:

These videos aim to promote the preparation and use of organic fertilizers and pesticides in the production of healthy foods in rural and urban areas. They are the product of a 5 year process of field research performed by farmers looking to enrich their land and their sustainability.

In this first video you will learn about “MMs” or mountain microorganisms. They are found in peat and litter (fallen leaves and other decaying organic matter that make up the top layer of a forest floor). It is used to enhance and recover the fertility of a plot of land.

(Video: Youtube/Carlo Brescia)

The project Healthy and Sovereign Land is funded by the Belgian Development Cooperation agency and the Belgian NGO ADG (Aide au Développement Gembloux).

The project has 4 components:

1. Promote agroecology through a strategy titled Peasant to Peasant (‘Campesino a Campesino’ in Spanish), promoting farmer led innovation which allows them to become protagonists.

2. Improve nutrition through the promotion of healthy foods preparation using the methodology Positive Deviation (Positive Deviance is based on the observation that in every community there are certain individuals or groups whose uncommon behaviors and strategies enable them to find better solutions to problems than their peers, while having access to the same resources and facing similar or worse challenges).

3. The association of farmers and local markets

4. The coordination between the different actors (municipality, farmers, association of farmers) and political incidence.

The project aims to raise the profile of family farming and smallholder farming by focusing on its significant role in eradicating hunger and poverty, providing food security and nutrition, improving livelihoods, managing natural resources, protecting the environment, and achieving sustainable development, in particular in rural areas.

The videos were filmed by Vasos Comunicantes in the Andean region of Ancash in the provinces of Aija, Carhuaz and Huaylas during 2014.

Stay tuned as Living in Peru will continue to publish and promote this initiative in the coming weeks!

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