“It is not just a platform, it is a discussion and an ever-growing network, sharing challenges and learning from Andean family farming in a context of climate change”

SDC began the knowledge management process of good practices for climate-resilient and low-carbon Andean family farming in August 2021, with experts from Bolivia, Ecuador and Peru. It is a joint project operated by the Andes Resilient to Climate Change regional project, the Andean Initiative of the International Potato Center (CIP) and the Bioversity Alliance CIAT. Resilient Andes is promoted by SDC’s Global Climate Change Programme and facilitated by the HELVETAS Swiss Intercooperation – Avina Foundation consortium.

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Participants of the second session of the “Andean Dialogues” – Bolivia

There are a number of initiatives and platforms in the Andean region that collect and make available relevant information including subjects, initiatives and data on conservation, environment and development issues. However, SDC conducted a survey of the existing supply of information and the specific demands of multiple actors for climate-resilient, low-carbon and sustainable Andean family farming in Bolivia, Ecuador and Peru and identified needs for access to information on good practices on farms and at the community and local levels that address climate change challenges in the management of water, agro-biodiversity and agricultural systems in the Andes.

In response to this demand, SDC’s knowledge management project Climate Resilient Agriculture in the Andes (EncontrAR) connects the demand and supply of knowledge on solutions, good practices or effective innovations that address the challenges faced by Andean family farming in a context of climate change.

SDC has developed national databases for the three Andean countries. They currently contain a total of over 300 case files on experiences and good practices, organised in a system of taxonomies, for easy location when the virtual platform EncontrAR is online. These databases will be gradually expanded with new cases.

At the same time, SDC has used the data in these databases to start identifying a set of alternative solutions to tackle the main problems and challenges facing Andean family farming in the context of climate change in each country.

SDC has also used the data in these databases to start identifying a set of alternative solutions to tackle the main problems and challenges facing Andean family farming in the context of climate change in each country.

Methodological Process of the Knowledge Management Process
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The various methodological stages of this knowledge management and its progressive results are being circulated and getting feed-back through the “Andean Dialogues”, which are multi-stakeholder events held in each country. They are enriching and broadening the project’s information and knowledge base.

If you are interested in getting involved, you can do so by:

  • Helping to increase the database of experience/good practice files. In this link you can find the file format file format to send the information. Download it and send it to:  andes@andesresilientes.org
  • Reviewing the partial products that have been formulated to date. If you would like to review and contribute, please do not hesitate to contact us at andes@andesresilientes.org.
  • Sending ideas for the development of the virtual environment of the EnontrAR platform, through which all the data and knowledge products will be made available to the public. We are open to hearing from you!

For more information, you can access the EncontrAR newsletters for January and February 2022.

  • Newsletter EncontrAR January 2022 (pdf in Spanish)
  • Newsletter EncontrAR February 2022 (pdf in Spanish)

For further information:
Brochure Regional Andes Resilient to Climate Change Project
FS Regional Andes Resilient to Climate Change Project
Facebook Regional Andes Resilient to Climate Change Project

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