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An integrated strategy for the conservation and use of underutilized Latin American agrobiodiversity

Objective

LATINCROP objectives are to reinforce agrobiodiversity conservation in the Andean region; to identify promising underutilized species for commercial initiatives and improved food security; and to integrate activities into a strong network between relevant stakeholders in Latin America and the EU. The project will identify attractive species for marginal lands involving novel crop combinations thus establishing robust cropping systems. The underutilized species of the Andes are regarded as extremely nutritious and stress tolerant, hence significant components of human culture at present and in the future, with a vital role in the upkeep of sustainable livelihoods and ecosystem stability. Yet, the loss of species, cultivars and wild relatives, and associated traditional knowledge at the farm level, has a noticeable impact on food security of small hold farming communities and their ability to cope with adverse climates. LATINCROP will address the following themes: (A) Environmental - Conservation of agro-biodiversity, (B) Economic - Sustainable development of bio-economy, (C) Social - Improved food security, and (D) Network - Supporting existing activities into network. The project duration is 48 months to be implemented by a team from Bolivia, Peru, Ecuador, Denmark, UK and Spain. The project takes stock of related past and on-going projects and will complement them in an integrative approach to obtain long-term results leading to increased food security, on the selected crops among seed, roots and tubers. The principal expected outcome is the strengthening of the conservation of the Andean agrobiodiversity for food security and global bioeconomy. We will improve sustainable use of agrobiodiversity by developing underutilized crops, supporting economic development in Latin America while ensuring mutual interest and benefit with the EU, and creating a network to facilitate transfer of knowledge and technology related to the promotion of underutilized Andean species.

Field of science

  • /social sciences/economics and business/economics/sustainable economy
  • /social sciences/economics and business/economics/health economics
  • /social sciences/other social sciences/social sciences interdisciplinary/sustainable development
  • /engineering and technology/other engineering and technologies/food and beverages/food safety
  • /agricultural sciences/agriculture, forestry, and fisheries/agriculture/plant breeding/crops
  • /agricultural sciences/animal and dairy science

Call for proposal

FP7-KBBE-2013-7-single-stage
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Funding Scheme

CSA-CA - Coordination (or networking) actions

Coordinator

KOBENHAVNS UNIVERSITET
Address
Norregade 10
1165 Kobenhavn
Denmark
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 433 577,14
Administrative Contact
Bjarne Friis Ploumark (Mr.)

Participants (8)

CROPS FOR THE FUTURE LIMITED

Participation ended

United Kingdom
Address
Swan Cottages The Green 4
ME19 5NN Offham Kent
Activity type
Other
Administrative Contact
Michael Hermann (Dr.)
AGENCIA ESTATAL CONSEJO SUPERIOR DEINVESTIGACIONES CIENTIFICAS
Spain
EU contribution
€ 43 654,93
Address
Calle Serrano 117
28006 Madrid
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
María Angeles López Vázquez (Ms.)
GPS SINAGRO SL
Spain
EU contribution
€ 33 354,04
Address
Calle Marconi 63
50800 Zuera
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Daniel Puertas (Mr.)
UNIVERSIDAD MAYOR DE SAN ANDRES
Bolivia
EU contribution
€ 140 060,86
Address
Avenida Villazon 1995, Monoblock Central
N/A La Paz
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
María Del Carmen Díaz Bracamonte (Mrs.)
FUNDACION PARA LA PROMOCION E INVESTIGACION DE PRODUCTOS ANDINOS
Bolivia
EU contribution
€ 74 294,38
Address
Av Meneces Km 4, El Paso
Cochabamba
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Jorge Blajos (Mr.)
MELTING POT BOLIVIA SOCIEDAD CIVIL
Bolivia
EU contribution
€ 66 172,01
Address
Calle 10 300 Calacoto Zona Sur
La Paz
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Maria Del Pilar Martinez
UNIVERSIDAD NACIONAL DEL ALTIPLANO
Peru
EU contribution
€ 124 287,99
Address
Avenida El Ejercito 329 Barrio Santa Rosa Puno
051 Puno
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Machaca Mamani (Mrs.)
INSTITUTO NACIONAL AUTONOMO DE INVESTIGACIONES AGROPECUARIAS
Ecuador
EU contribution
€ 84 579,22
Address
Avenida Eloy Alfaro 30 350 Y
17 17 1362 Quito
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Juan Gabriel Merino Suing (Mr.)