ADDRESSING POVERTY IN PERU: DEGROWTH, INDIGENOUS LOCAL FARMING, AND TECHNOLOGY INNOVATION
Author: MATEO S. PIMENTEL, BRIAN HARPER and EDWARD J. MARTIN
Published in IJED, Vol. 10 No. 1
Persons living in least-developed countries (LDCs) often face life-threatening issues with respect to lack of water, nutrition and economic freedom. Thus development practitioners focus on the practicability, sustainability, implementability and economic viability of projects that aim to address poverty. One area in which development practitioners and LDCs communities can come together to solve serious problems in development is sustainable animal husbandry and local farming. In particular, guinea pig farming in Peru may be one feasible prospect for practitioners and participants to explore. Innovations are developing in local farming, and in this case, the keeping and farming of guinea pigs. This study presents a firsthand account of local guinea pig farming to observe how and where innovation occurs in guinea pig farming and technology. Information about guinea pig farming from expert and government sources is also considered. Other studies researchers have performed deal with many facets of guinea pig husbandry, such as its popularity across cultures and continents, including but not limited to LDCs. Local efforts at farming (chicken and livestock) have proven increasingly difficult for indigenous people in attempting to compete with corporate producers. This study indicates a competitive model for indigenous people in Peru.