The Andes in Peru are home to the world's largest tropical glaciers. The glaciers are important freshwater reservoirs that provide water to the entire region during dry periods.
Over the past 10 years, about 90 percent of the glaciers have melted due to the increase in temperature. The water shortage is critical.
The weather has changed to become more extreme. Dry periods are longer and rainy periods are unreliable. Sometimes, it suddenly turns cold, and hail storms destroy the harvests.
In the small village of Chaquicoccha where Eugenio and Margarita live, Diakonia's partner organization Huñuq Mayu is working to find new, intelligent ways to grow crops. These include taking advantage of rainwater, using artificial irrigation and protecting the crops in different ways, for example with bushes and greenhouses.