The Potato Park is an Indigenous Biocultural Heritage Territory, made up of six Quechua communities, and comprising over 9000 hectares of land located in a centre of origin and diversity of potatoes. The Potato Park is dedicated to safeguarding this rich diversity of potatoes and
other Andean food crops, and enhancing the deeply rooted and resilient local food systems, particularly through collaborative research, participation in policy processes at the local, national and international levels, and promotion of biocultural products and services for sustainable livelihoods, including weaving,
 gastronomy, natural products with medicinal plants, biocultural tourism, homestays, and a seed enterprise. All this is only possible through a deep understanding and care for the whole ecosystem that is passed on to the younger generations.


Value 1

Valorisation of traditional knowledge, wisdom and lived experience.

Our work at the Potato Park is crucial because it conserves most native potato species, it respects all living forms while keeping Andean culture alive. It also allows communities to improve their quality of life and create social well-being.

Jhon Edison Ccoyo Ccana, Potato Park Communities Association Coordinator


Asociacion ANDES  is an indigenous-led non-profit based in Cusco, Peru, with over 25 years of experience supporting holistic rights-based approaches to sustainable livelihoods based on the Andean principle of Sumaq Kausay. ANDES is recognized internationally for its work with communities in the implementation of Biocultural Heritage Territories, policy development in the defense of the rights of indigenous peoples, and innovative education programs which bring together indigenous people, farmers, scientists, and policy makers seeking solutions to complex global issues such as climate change. ANDES is also a leader in solidarity networks such as the International Network of Mountain and Indigenous Peoples (INMIP).