March 24, 2016

On conservation in Peruvian highlands, a conversation with Lindsey Hethcote

Lucila FernandezEcoAgriculture Partners Lindsey Hethcote

Since interning with EcoAgriculture Partners, Lindsey Hethcote has been busy helping Peruvian farmers adapt to climate change.

High in the Andes Mountains of Peru, farmers have been growing a diverse range of quinoa varieties for thousands of years. For the first time, quinoa has a value in the international market, but this is driving farmers to only plant particular varieties of quinoa.  The resulting loss of agrobiodiversity threatens the ability of farming communities to adapt to climate change or recover from poor harvests. A new project, launched by Lindsey Hethcote and partner Alexander Wankel, hopes to address this issue.

“[In] managing natural resources, or an area, we have to take so many people into consideration if that management is going to be sustainable and long term. You can’t just focus on agriculture or just on biodiversity, because there’s many other factors at play.”

—Lindsey Hethcote, on learning about integrated landscape management during her internship with EcoAgriculture Partners.

Three years after interning with EcoAgriculture Partners, we had the opportunity to catch up with Lindsey to learn more about her current work in Latin American landscapes. Join us, in our conversation on quinoa diversity, farming in the Andes, public-private partnerships, and how her experience at EcoAg helped guide her journey.

Learn More

The Aynoka Landscape in Peru, where communities are protecting quinoa diversity

Help Lindsey reach her Kickstarter goal of $15,000

Read more on shifting commodity markets to favor biodiversity-friendly practices: Transforming Commodity Markets for Conservation at the Landscape Level

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