There are many common misconceptions about development agriculture. It’s important to acknowledge that many of the traditional agricultural practices all over the world are highly complex, based on thousands of years of local knowledge, and even inform modern farming methods.
Understanding the qualities of traditional farming methods, knowledge, and crops, have been essential in creating the modern agricultural systems we know today, and are said to be vital for ensuring future food security.
One example comes from the Incas, who designed terraces to prevent erosion from high rainfall, and create microclimates to diversify food production in their local area. Further, domesticating the local grain Quinoa has aided food security and income generation in many parts of South America, whilst also appearing on plates world-wide.
See how Peru’s rich agricultural heritage is reviving the efficiency and productivity of Peruvian agriculture.