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

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.

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)

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CROPS FOR THE FUTURE LIMITED

United Kingdom

AGENCIA ESTATAL CONSEJO SUPERIOR DEINVESTIGACIONES CIENTIFICAS

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 43 654,93

GPS SINAGRO SL

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 33 354,04

UNIVERSIDAD MAYOR DE SAN ANDRES

Bolivia

EU Contribution

€ 140 060,86

FUNDACION PARA LA PROMOCION E INVESTIGACION DE PRODUCTOS ANDINOS

Bolivia

EU Contribution

€ 74 294,38

MELTING POT BOLIVIA SOCIEDAD CIVIL

Bolivia

EU Contribution

€ 66 172,01

UNIVERSIDAD NACIONAL DEL ALTIPLANO

Peru

EU Contribution

€ 124 287,99

INSTITUTO NACIONAL AUTONOMO DE INVESTIGACIONES AGROPECUARIAS

Ecuador

EU Contribution

€ 84 579,22

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 612714

Status

Closed project

  • Start date

    1 November 2013

  • End date

    31 October 2017

Funded under:

FP7-KBBE

  • Overall budget:

    € 1 078 701,33

  • EU contribution

    € 999 980,57

Coordinated by:

KOBENHAVNS UNIVERSITET

Denmark