Our Agriculture Initiatives Vision
The AASD has worked with campesino communities since 2010. Campesino communities are identified as small, self-governing farming communities in the highlands of the Andes who can trace their ancestry back to the Inca dynasty. The vision of our agricultural initiatives is that these communities, their rich culture, and surrounding environment all thrive. We have chosen agroecology as our agriculture methodology for that reason: It relies on utilizing traditional knowledge to work with, instead of against, the environment, while ultimately lowering labor and input costs. Agroecology is complemented by our campesino-a-campesino (farmer-to-farmer) education model that allows farmers to be teachers, showcasing their expertise and conveying the necessary respect to them and their profession.