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Changing Fortunes: Biodiversity and Peasant Livelihood in the Peruvian Andes

Series: California Studies in Critical Human Geography

By: Karl S Zimmerer

308 pages, 11 b/w photos, 33 tabs, 10 maps

University of California Press

Hardback | Dec 1996 | #60287 | ISBN: 0520203038
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Zimmerer challenges current opinion by arguing that the world renowned diversity of crops grown in the Andes may not be as hopelessly endangered as is widely believed. |He uses the lengthy history of small-scale farming by Indians in Peru, including contemporary practices and attitudes, to shed light on prospects for the future. During prolonged fieldwork among Peru's Quechua peasants and villagers in the mountains near Cuzco, Zimmerer found evidence that much of the region's biodiversity is being skillfully conserved on a de facto basis, as has been true during centuries of tumultuous agrarian transitions.


Acknowledgments 1. Fields of Plenty and Want 2. The Great Historical Arch of Andean Biodiversity 3. Transitions in Farm Nature and Society, 1969-1990 4. Innovation and the Spaces of Biodiversity 5. Loss and Conservation of the Diverse Crops 6. Diversity's Sum: Geography, Ecology-Economy, and Culture 7. The Vicissitudes of Biodiversity's Fortune

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