Field team members: Yanapai 2011-2013
Raul Ccanto Retamozo: Leader Crops
Raul is studying for a masters in Agrarian Innovation and inter-culturality, his specilaity is soil management and integrated pest management. He has enormous experience and training in facilitation of participative field methods in rural communities. He is has participated in research projects in participative methods and agro-biodiversity, seed systems, pest monitoring, and his thesis is on strategies for rural communities confronting climate change.
Ana Gabriela Montañez: Field Asistant in Crops
Ana is an agronomist from Huancayo. She is a graduate from the Central University, and her thesis examined the interaction of genotypes with different environments and the influence of the environment on the micronutrient content of potatoes. During her studies, she worked with 40 native cultivars. Ana is assisting with the participative selection of material resistant to late blight and cold temperatures.
Edgar Olivera Hurtado: Leader Animal Husbandry
Edgar trained in Peru and abroad in adult education, production systems, ecologically appropriate agriculture, biodiversity, and an Andean cosmo-vision. He is an expert in participative research into fodder production and animal husbandry, as well as in the use of diagnostic tools for monitoring and evaluating projects. He facilitates processes for sustainable management of natural resources, capacity building in animal health through farmer field-schools or modules, and managing projects in raising small animals (chickens an guinea pigs). He coordinantes projects with local authorities.
Analí Mónica Janampa: Leader
Analí is a graduate of the University of Andean Development (UDEA) in Lircai Huancavelica. Her thesis was on the participative selection of resistant clones to late blight (phythophtora infestans) in two locations. She has a positive attitude and it was easier to teach this Quechua-speaker nutrition, than to teach Quechua to most nutritionists. She undertook intensive training with the IIN (Instituto de Investigacion Nustricional(link)) and, with the help of Hilary Creed Kanashiro and other members, did a great job in capacity building in nutrition projects.
Virgilio Quispe Escobar
Virgilio is from Ccasapata, a Chopcca community, and graduated as an agricultural tecnitian in Huancavelica. He plays a key supportive role and promotes Yanpais work in our three main focus areas: agriculture, nutrition and animal hisbandry.
María Mayer de Scurrah
Maria is from Huancayo. She was Yanpai´s president (1999-2009) and is now project coordinator and treasurer. A graduate in plant breeding from Cornell University (1972) she worked for almost 20 years at the International Potato Center (CIP) on nematode and insect resistance. She spent 8 years in Australia (1990-1998) at the “South Australian Research and Development Institute” (SARDI) working on plant breeding programs before returning to Peru in 1999. Her current interests include improving the links between agriculture and nutrition in high andean populations, as well as adaptation to climate change through agrobiodivesty. In August of 2012 she became an emeritus cientist at CIP where she collaobrates on biosecurity, agrobiodiversity, and participative selection of advanced clones.