Historically El Niño has brought heavy rains to the otherwise dry desert coasts of northern Peru, with devastating results for agriculture and infrastructure. Scientists suggest that climate change is increasing the intensity and frequency of these events, generating concern about the long-term viability of current food systems. At the same time, we argue that these events also create new, and as yet unexplored, opportunities for food production. The project takes its cue from the past and present customs, and farming and fishing practices of traditionally marginalised, coastal communities. They have forged livelihoods in challenging desert settings since pre-Columbian times. The international team comprises scientists, social scientists, historians and heritage scholars, working with Peruvian NGO, private sector and local government stakeholders, to explore the new fishing and farming opportunities created after El Niño events in order to find ways of making these food systems more sustainable in the longer term.
What We Do
To create an interdisciplinary and multi-sectoral research consortium, to understand the desert-El Niño-food system in Sechura, northern Peru, as a pathway towards enhancing its long-term resilience to future, short term, cyclical systemic environmental shocks.
Build an interdisciplinary platform to examine the desert-El Niño-food nexus.
Gather baseline information on El Niño, effects from historical data
Evaluate current fishing and farming systems to address food systems from an interdisciplinary perspective
Develop a blue print for production, processing and commercialization to make El Niño food-systems and livelihoods more sustainable
The team consists of researchers from Peru and the UK that belong to this organizations
- Centro de Investigacióny Promoción del Campesinado (CIPCA)
- Fundación para el Desarrollo Agrario (FDA)
- Newcastle University
- St Andrews University
- United Oceans
Principal investigator of the project
St Andrews University
St Andrews University
|Rosa Prieto||Centro de Investigacion y Promocion |
del Campesinado (FDA)
|Fundacion para el Desarrollo Agrario|
Maria Carmen Palacios
|Universidad De Piura|
|Marlon Eche||United Oceans|