Many of you may have heard of some political instability recently in Peru. While the situation remains unresolved, our projects, our staff, and our farmers continue to fight for the improved livelihoods of Campesino communities in the high-elevations of Peru.
With the rainy season starting, the dry yellow color of the mountains surrounding the communities starts to green, and farmers are able to improve their production without much help from external irrigation. The onset of the rainy season also means warmer overnight temperatures, making this the most productive time of year for all of our greenhouse projects.
It also means the highest incidence of pests and plagues and the greatest need for support from patrons like yourselves. The Andean Alliance remains commited to provide the highest quality support, materials, and information possible to maximize our impact in the communities. We are deeply grateful to all of you who donate to our projects, and we hope we can count on your support for the future.
Please, share this project with as many people as you can and help us continue to fight the good fight here in Cusco!
It seems like just yeterday we wrote this report! Time flies when you're working with farmers in some of Peru's most incredible communities. The dry season is wrapping up now, but greenhouse production has only seen a minor dip since its start back in May. One of the true benefits of the greenhouse, and your support of the project, is year round production and income for the high altitude communities of rural Cusco.
Traditional crops tend to have limited and seasonal harvests, but this project allows farmers to maintain tradition while drastically improving dietary health and income. The AASD was very successful in this report period specifically with regards to replenishing and improving soil health within the greenhouse as a way to boost production and control the ever frustrating pests and plagues common to the region. Strawberries especially have seen a hard production time because the dry season here also coincides with brutal cold in the higher altitudes. Fortuntately, the greenhouse provides just enough warmth to guarantee stable production.
And it is exactly this reason that we still need your help! With your donations, we can provide more workshops, more technical assistence, more soil inputs, and more greenhouses. Help us improve livelihoods and combat food insecurity!
Greenhouses and greenbeans: success at 13,000 feet
By Luke Agness | Project Manager
We are pleased to announce that this has been yet another successful quarter with the AASD's high-altitude projects. We remain commited to supporting producers as they produce for their own familiar diets and for commercialization.
Following a trend from last year, we are actively working our more advanced farmers to expand their greenhouses and enter new markets. We have maintained relationships with many farmers for a number of years now, and we have seen first hand the progress that they have made in their production. Many of these farmers have requested an expansion of their existing greenhouse or help in constructing and preparing another. The AASD could not be more pleased to see these results because they are visual proof that the project is working and having the impact that we hoped. More than ever, long-term participating farmers are becoming autonomous and require less support from the AASD. We can now refocus resources and efforts on helping them enter more profitable markets and produce more profitable crops.
This is not to say that we have stopped working with new farmers and communites; in the time since our last report here, we have identified additional farmers with which can expand our project and reach, and more farmers have requested support entering the lucrative strawberry market. A new community to the AASD called Kallarayan specifically has successfully adapted the strawberry producing model from our project in Qenqo, and now stands apart from others in terms of their excellent organizational skills and market potential. Be on the look out for more updates regarding the farmers from Kallarayan as they improve production and incomes.
This experience with Kallarayan is further proof that with support of donors like you in our network, we can create transformative change in the high-altitude Andean communites. We are deeply grateful for your support and hope to further our relationship with you all to grow our projects here in Cusco.
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