Vanesa Ramos Abensur (Peru) holds a BSc in Biology from National Agrarian University – La Molina (Peru) and a MSc in Regional Development and Environment from State University of Santa Cruz (Brazil). She is currently pursuing her PhD in Development and Environment at State University of Santa Cruz, with a focus on community-based governance of agrobiodiversity in the Andean region. She is also project coordinator of an interdisciplinary research project on the impact of organic inputs to agriculture in mountainous regions in Ecuador, Peru and Bolivia, sponsored by the McKnight Foundation and carried out by Rikolto. Vanesa believes that her own upbringing in the mountains of Peru helped mould her patient, detail-oriented and resilient character, and gave her a deep respect and connection with the natural and spiritual world. It also encouraged her to focus her research on local knowledge, mountain communities, climate change adaptation and food systems.