Species of agricultural biodiversity with food security potential

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Courtesy of Wetlands International

Agriculture is the main economic activity and source of livelihoods of ten communities located in the municipalities of Nahualá and Santa Catarina Ixtahuacán in the Mazá river basin of Guatemala. The agriculture and forestry systems as developed by these small-scale farmers help to meet the basic needs of their families. They use farming practices based on traditional knowledge and experiences passed on for generations, which allows these agriculture and forestry systems to cope with changes in climate and, therefore, build their resilience.

The livelihoods of the communities of the Mazá river basin are closely linked to the agricultural biodiversity of its ecosystems. The applied techniques and production processes of the agriculture and agro-forestry systems are based on traditional and local knowledge.

The Partners for Resilience worked together with these communities to diversify and improve these livelihoods. Together they identified agricultural and agro-forestry systems, native species, as well as crop knowledge and practices of the indigenous and traditional peoples that adapt better to climate change. This knowledge can benefit more communities through the replication and dissemination of the identified species and practices.

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