After three decades of successful fieldwork, the
Cusichaca Trust is looking to the future:
- To continue researching and promoting the rehabilitation of traditional farming systems in order to increase the yields of agriculture and help achieve food security in the Andes.
- To concentrate our efforts on dissemination and training while our Peruvian partner, the Asociacion Andina Cusichaca carries on the tradition of direct project involvement with local communities.
- To seek funding to develop strategies that will protect the environment and combat the effects of climate change, with an emphasis on the conservation and effective storage of water and the promotion of organic crop production.
- To ensure that in the longer term, through the wider marketing of specialised crops, and the encouragement of cultural and eco- tourism in the region, remote highland communities will come to participate more fully in the national economy of Peru.
- To advocate more widely for the adoption of traditional and appropriate agricultural technology both within the highland regions of Latin America and beyond.
The Andes today faces huge challenges. But it has the potential, in its people
and its resources, to meet these challenges in an inventive and sustainable way and
to offer models for rural development in other parts of the world.