Peruvian potatoes and black corn.
Over half the calories humans eat today come from corn, wheat and rice. Raising a greater diversity of types of crops and animals (agrobiodiversity) makes diets healthier and farming more resilient.
The pyramids of Giza on the outskirts of Cairo, Egypt.
Mohamed Abd El Ghany/Reuters
The belief that ancient Egyptians needed help from supernatural beings to built the Giza pyramids relies, unavoidably, on racism and colonial attitudes.
Remote mountain regions like the Upper Mustang in Nepal are often neglected by the rest of the world.
Remote mountain regions are closer to the climate problem than we think, particularly in the context of safeguarding essential ecosystem services such as safe and adequate water.
FARC members passing time, waiting for the peace negociations in a camp in Colombia.
Women's involvement in armed conflict in Peru and Colombia has a deep impact on societies. But peace processes and political aftermath rarely recognise their role.
When Two Worlds Collide
A new documentary examines indigenous activism in Peru – calling attention to the dark side of the country's economic boom.
Flotsam mixes with the marginal São José community, overlooked by new-build apartment blocks in Brazil.
Fernando da Veiga Pessoa Flickr
Money and resources in Latin America often don't reach those who need them most – and criminal gangs are on hand to take advantage.
Bursting with life, but can they live the ones they want?
Young Lives/ Sebastian CastanÞeda Vita
For too many adolescents in the world's poorest countries, life is like a cliff edge.
Organisers get ready for a rally in Lima on August 13.
‘Ni Una Menos, Villa El Salvador, Lima
Peru is the latest country in Latin America where women are mobilising against violence.
Peru’s new power team. PPK is in the middle.
Pedro Pablo Kuczynski, known as PPK, became president arguably because his citizens are fed up with corruption. Scandal-plagued Brazil offers a template for how he could tackle it.
Daniel Streicker/Julio Benavides
They kill thousands of animals and people every year by spreading rabies. New research findings could solve the problem.
Feeling good: Pedro Pablo Kuczynski.
The scion of a despotic leader has been vanquished – but her party can still call the shots.
Keiko Fujimori, enjoying it while she can.
EPA/Cesar von Bancels
Peru's democracy has been relatively stable for most of the 21st century, but its elections are famously lurid and chaotic.
The way we were.
Latin America suddenly seems to be lurching to the right – but was it ever that far left in the first place?
In the 1990s, thousands of people in Peru were sterilised without their consent – but finally they now have a way to tell the world.
At last: people rescued from the Shining Path.
After decades held by Peru's Maoist guerilla rebels, a clutch of indigenous hostages face a whole other attack on their way of life.
Three tons of cocaine seized by Peru’s national police from an international gang of Peruvian and Mexican drug traffickers.
Peru's economy is booming, but it has a terrible cocaine habit that could cause it problems.
What’s worse than a railway through a rainforest? This.
Brazil will find a way to ship its goods to China whether we like it or not, and for a rainforest roads are much worse than rail.
Winning lots of battles – if not the war.
Fernando Bizzera Jr / EPA
Native groups in a remote corner of Peru just took over 14 oil wells for a month.
Conquer Chile? But we don’t have the carbon budget.
Fundación de Santiago (1888) by Pedro Lira
When the Spanish conquered South America in the 16th century they took over the Incas’ mines and soon began to pump clouds of lead dust over the Andes. The silver the conquistadors sent back home made…
Norway to the rescue?
Despite all the treaties, pledges, export bans and labelling schemes, the world’s forests are still disappearing at an alarming rate. In poorer countries a forest may simply be worth less as a living…