Asociación ANDES
Street Ciro Alegria H-13, Urb. Santa Monica - Wanchaq
Postal code Nº 567, Cusco - Peru
Phone: 51-84-245021


At ANDES people with different backgrounds and experience work together, each bringing his or her skills and knowledge to contribute toward the execution of the projects, programs and vision. We work with communal technicians who represent each of the Indigenous Biocultural Territories [IBCT] proposed by ANDES. This currently includes the Potato Park, the Spiritual Park of Vilcanota, Lares and Wakarpay, which are in diverse stages of implementation. ANDES' team also includes Peruvians and foreigners, hired-staff and volunteers who work in the administration of ANDES and in specific research, conservation and development projects. Two directors, two administrators, an executive assistant, field coordinators, and a computer technician are other members of the team. Although they may be assigned to specific projects, the personnel also collaborates in projects and activities in other areas. For example, the technicians and personnel of the Potato Park frequently travel to the other AIBHs to share information and to lead training programs. ANDES also benefits from the contribution of volunteers from indigenous communities as well as national and international volunteers.


Executive Direction

Cesar.JPGCesar Argumedo, Administrative Director

Cesar Argumedo Medina is co-founder of ANDES, currently serving as Administrative Director. He previously worked in research and development programs with Swiss International Cooperation, Cultural Survival Canada, a program on food production, and another with the FAO. He graduated as an animal technology Engineer from the National San Antonio Abad University of Cusco.

Alejandro.jpgAlejandro Argumedo, Program Director

Alejandro Argumedo is co-founder and Director of the Association ANDES, a Cusco-based indigenous peoples’ non-governmental organization working to protect and develop Andean biological and cultural diversity and the rights of indigenous peoples of Peru. Alejandro is also Senior Research Officer for Peru of the “Sustaining Local Food Systems, Agricultural Biodiversity and Livelihoods” Programme of the International Institute for Environment and Development of England and the Sowing Diversity = Harvesting Security Program of Oxfam Novib of the Netherlands. He was formerly Executive Director of Cultural Survival Canada and the Indigenous Knowledge Programme. He has been a consultant for the UNDP, IDRC, GEF, IUCN and other international institutions. He graduated from McGill University, Montreal, Canada in Agriculture, and has written extensively on diverse themes such as intellectual property, access to genetic resources, community based conservation, indigenous agriculture, tourism, and has served on expert panels of the UN and other relevant bodies such as the World Business Council for Sustainable Development.

Tammy_Stenner.JPGTammy Stenner, Coordinator of Biocultural Education and International Relations

Tammy is a trained educator working in the areas of adult education, indigenous communities and biocultural heritage. She has worked to develop methodologies and educational models in ANDES since 1995. She also coordinates the area of exchanges and the volunteer program. Previously, Tammy worked in the International Development program at Trent University and in adult education in Fleming College in Ontario, Canada.


Carolina.JPGCarolina Ichillumpa, Chief Financial Officer

Carolina was born and completed her studies in Cusco, Peru, including accounting at the National University of San Antonio Abad of Cusco. She has 18 years experience working with non-governmental and non-profit organizations. This includes 3 years (1999 – 2001) working with project Sustainable use and management of the Manu Biosphere Reserve and National Park. For 16 years (2002-2018), she has worked as accountant and administrator at ANDES, and is currently Chief Financial Officer. She is a native Spanish speaker, who also speaks intermediate level English and basic Quechua.

Mail: carolina@andes.org.pe

Ruth.JPGRuth Zuloaga, Accountant

 Ruth has been working at the ANDES Association since 2008 as a principal Accountant.

mail: ruth@andes.org.pe


Ysabell Moron, Administrative Assistant

 Ysabell was born in Arequipa. She has worked with ANDES as the Financial and Administrative Assistant

since January 2013.

Support Staff 

Arascelly.JPGArascelly Heredia, Communications Technology Specialist

Arascelly has worked several years with ANDES as the communication technology specialist.

Enrique_Granados.jpgKike Granados, Logistical Support & Audiovisual Technology Support

Kike has worked 15 years with ANDES in the field of logistics and filming and video editing. Currently, Kike is studying Geographic Information Systems and Environmental Engineering to be able to conduct climate change research and ensure the sustainable development of natural resources.

Program Staff

Jessica._Villacorta.JPGJessica Villacorta Villacorta, Agronomist

Jessica graduated with an agronomy degree from the National University of San Antonio Abad, Cuzco. She began working with ANDES in March 2015 in the Smallholder Innovation for Resilience (SIFOR) project, working in climate change research, the conservation of native potatoes and plant participatory breeding in farmer field schools.

Oscar_Ramos.jpgOscar Ramos, Agronomist

Oscar graduated as an agronomist from the National University of San Antonio Abad, Cuzco. He began working with ANDES in March 2015 in the SD=HS and SIFOR project. Oscar works on potato conservation and participatory plant breeding of corn and potatoes in the Lares District.

Ricardo_Pacco.jpgRicardo Pacco Chipa, Local Coordinator for SD=HS, Lares

Ricardo is a community leader of the Quechua community, Paru Paru, Potato Park. He has worked as a local technician since 2002 and participates in networks of indigenous mountain communities. He is currently the Local Coordinator of the SD=HS program in Lares.

Helena.jpgHélène Botreau, Project Coordinator and Principal Research for SD=HS

Hélène was born in France. She is currently the principal researcher for SD=HS that works in conserving biodiversity and native seeds in 13 communities in the Lares District.

Sara_Gomez.jpgSara Gomez, Program Assistant for HD=HS

Sara specializes in border and migration politics. Currently, she is Program Assistant for the SD=HS project in the Lares District.

Local Technicians Chalakuy Park

Petronila Quispe Quispe

María Chasin Zúñiga

Sonia Quispe Ttito

Valentina Abiles Tapara

Cornelio Hanco Landa

Juan Victor Oblitas Chasin

Tecnicos.jpgPotato Park

The Potato Park technicians are a group of local farmer innovators that incorporate western science and traditional knowledge practices for ensuring food security. They are experts in climate change adaptation strategies and developing biocultural innovations for the conservation of agro-biodiversity. The technicians work in participatory research projects and monitoring and evaluating projects for agricultural experimentation.

Local Technicians Potato Park

Aniceto Ccoyo Ccoyo

Adrian Chipa Tacuri

Pedro Condori Quispe

Ricardina Pacco Ccapa

Daniel Salome Pacco Condori

Mariano Sutta Apocusi

Lino Mamani Huarka

Nazario Quispe Amao

Isaias Vilcastro

Jhon Ccoyo Ccana - Administrador


Alejandro Argumedo - International Coordinator    alejandro@andes.org.pe


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Lok Chetna Manch, India
Centre for Chinese Agricultural Policy
Asociación ANDES
Street Ciro Alegria H-13, Urb. Santa Monica - Wanchaq
Postal code Nº 567, Cusco - Peru
Phone: 51-84-245021
© Asociación ANDES 2013
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