Gender and Biodiversity in Vicos, Peru
October 11, Ithaca Campus
Billie Jean Isbell
Emeritus/Graduate Professor of Anthropology
4:30-6pm, 114 Martha Van Rensselaer
In the 1950's and 60's Cornell University ran a landmark development experiment in Vicos, Peru (consult the Vicos site for background).
Under the goal of modernization, women and the very poor were excluded from the Green Revolution technological transfer and commercialization of potato production, which widened the gap in income and access to resources. However, women and the very poor continued traditional agricultural practices on marginal lands and in doing so probably saved the region's biodiversity. This presentation tells that story with the above website and streaming videos. For further information on Vicos also see the website for the conference: Sustainability and Development: Lessons from Vicos