The Knowledge Portal of Association ANDES is a knowledge management tool which will serve as a virtual library. It will be used to store and organize institutional and project documents, toolkits, audiovisual materials, and links to other resources. Resources on the portal can be made available to ANDES’ staff, colleagues, work groups, and supporters, or they can be made available to the general public.
The portal serves two important functions:
1) The knowledge portal enables users to quickly and efficiently find information about ANDES and its projects, in documents of diverse formats, audio-visual materials, and links to other resources.
2) The portal also serves to facilitate the ongoing capture of information and knowledge resulting from ANDES’ research and training programs.
Who is ANDES?
ANDES is a small international indigenous non-profit organization working to support indigenous peoples in their struggles for rights, locally-controlled and biodiversity-based food systems, and endogenous development based on their core values. The majority of ANDES’ work is carried out in the Andean region, with some activities in Latin America, Africa and Asia.
ANDES’ unique experience arises from its complementary work at the local and global levels, which encourages analysis and reflection on biocultural realities within local-global relations. ANDES applies and a rights-based approach to its work, guided by the the Andean principle of Sumaq Kausay (Buen Vivir in Spanish, or harmonious living in English).
ANDES supports indigenous peoples in Peru and around the world through:
– participatory action research on biocultural heritage, traditional agricultural and food systems, sustainable livelihoods, climate change, underutilized crops and wild crop relatives, and nutrition
– protection and promotion of biocultural heritage, including through the establishment of Biocultural Heritage Territories
– horizontal learning programs, which bring together indigenous peoples, farmers, academics, scientists, social and environmental justice organizations, and policy makers to share experiences and seek solutions to complex local-global problems
– participation in national and international policy processes and development and implementation of policies, to promote the rights of indigenous peoples and the Pacha Mama (Mother Earth).