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Publication | 11 January 2021

Interpreting quinoa farmers' perspectives in the Peruvian Andes

Global Food and Nutrition Security

Andean farmers are maintaining ancestral biocultural heritage diversity as exemplified by the case of quinoa biodiversity. In the last two decades, the agricultural boom and bust of quinoa in both local and global markets has generated interest in creating social and technical innovations to increase farmer incomes and ensure farmers benefit from their biocultural heritage. This paper employs Q methodology techniques to explore 36 farmer's viewpoints from three villages in the region of Puno, when contemplating their production goals and potential to adopt technologies to improve productivity. Our results describe three emerging viewpoints as biocultural, technological or social innovators. The three viewpoints describe different issues currently guiding heritage, production and market choices.