Climate Change, Food Sovereignty, and Ancestral Farming Technologies in the Andes

WashU affiliated authors: Carlos Andres Gallegos-Riofrío (Brown School)

Abstract: Indigenous people are among the populations most vulnerable to climate change. However, indigenous societies’ potential contributions to addressing climate change and related issues of food security are vast but poorly recognized. The objective of this report is to inform the nutrition and public health communities about the potential contributions of ancient Andean technologies to address these contemporary challenges. Our research examines these ancient farming technologies within the frame of climate change and dietary potential. Specifically, we focus on 4 technologies derived from 3 case studies from Ecuador. These technologies were analyzed using evidence mainly of adaptation to climate change in indigenous-based agriculture. Our examination of these technologies suggests they could be effective mechanisms for adapting to climate change and protecting food sovereignty. Thus, although highly vulnerable to climate change, indigenous peoples in the Andes should also be seen as “agents of change.”

Citation: Current Developments in Nutrition, Volume 5, Issue Supplement_4, June 2021, Pages 54–60,