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Julio Valladolid, a native from Huanca, is an agronomist who has studied Andean native crops throughout his professional life. He retired from his post as professor of plant genetics at the University of San Cristobal de Huamanga, Ayacucho, Peru in 1989 and since then has been a member of PRATEC. He is the author of numerous articles on Andean agriculture and cultivation systems. Since 1990 he has been the Director of the PRATEC course on Andean Peasant Agriculture and Culture and has written numerous essays on Andean crops from the peasants' point of view.

Abstract of paper given at Indigenous Traditions and Ecology conference:
Andean Cosmovision, Biodiversity, and Regeneration

Julio Valladolid and Frederique Apffel-Marglin

In the written version of the paper prepared for this panel Frederique Apffel-Marglin introduces the work of PRATEC, the grassroots NGO to which Julio Valladolid belongs and with which she has collaborated since 1994. She also makes a theoretical argument for the kind of knowledge used by PRATEC and for their rejection of professional academic conceptual tools; to save time this will not be summarized at the panel to allow for translation time. Julio Valladolid will introduce his remarks on "Andean Cosmovision, Biodiversity and Regeneration" with slides and reflections on why he abandoned the practice of plant genetics in particular and science in general. He will then give a brief overview of the Andean cosmovision and how it is lived by peasants today and why it continues to generate such a great variety of cultivars.


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