Platforms and terraces in Peru: using ancestral knowledge to face an uncertain future

Ana Paula Guzmán Méndez, Peru 13-15

In Peru, as in many Latin American countries, the shortage of agricultural land is a serious problem. This study draws on ancient Incan knowledge about terraces to find out whether they can be identified and characterized to restore and create agricultural areas, and whether the economic benefits outweigh the costs. The study’s methodology allows us to design and validate a terrain model that identifies terraced land that could be restored and utilized using Geographic Information Systems techniques and economic analysis. It’s a tool that allows us to expand the land used for agriculture, reduce extreme poverty, and fight the threat of climate change.

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