The activity took place with producers representing two municipalities in the department of La Paz, the municipality of Anzaldo in Cochabamba and the municipality of Acasio in the north of Potosí. 15 visitors were welcomed by producers from the municipality of Yunguyo and Zepita (Peru) and they exchanged knowledge that will strengthen their production chains of cañahua and tarwi.
Nestor Chambi Pacoricona of the Chuyma Association of Rural Support (Chuyma Aru), an NGO composed of professionals from three indigenous communities in Southern Peru, explains that the exchange was intended for producers to be able to adapt to climate change. He highlights the importance to recognize and practice the knowledge of their ancestors in terms of planting, harvesting and good agricultural practices:
Fernando Mamani, a cañihua producer from the department of Puno in Peru, valued the event in terms of the exchange of experiences promoted by Proinpa (Bolivia) and Chuyma Aru (Peru):
Celia Esther Carita Laime, a cañahua producer from Bolivia, expressed her gratitude to the institutions supporting such activities, which allow them to unite and strengthen relationships and knowledge in order to help them in their Tarwi and cañahua crops: "We are grateful to the Euroclima project and the Proinpa engineers for giving us the opportunity to learn about and share ancestral experiences with our Peruvian producers, respecting mother earth and the hills. Also, thanks to the support of Proinpa, we have shared knowledge about the varieties of cañahua such as: Cañahuiri, Illimani and Lasta Rosada. We have seen how their crops are treated, the use of water from Lake Titicaca and the organic preparation of the sowing".
The Euroclima+ project 'Resilient Heritage of the Andes, Cañahua and Tarwi' is financed by the European Union and implemented by Swisscontact and Proinpa.