Natural Resources Management in Ecuador
The kichwa farm as a conservation strategy for agrobiodiversity and food security Economic partnerships of small producers for the strengthening of fair trade
Kichwa culture considers its indigenous worldview as a cornerstone for the survival and life harmony between nature and the ayllu (families) that coexist in the Amazon respecting their mythical beliefs that allow the respect of the jungle and proper use of all existing species to reach the Sumak Allpa (childbearing years) based on the criteria of Sacha Runa Yachay (ancient knowledge) to continue the Sumak Kawsay (life balance). The ancient methods of handling and use of natural resources represent a guarantee of conservation and sustainable use. The chakra is an area regarded as the natural market of a family, considering agroecological principles diversifying in time (rotations) and space (crop associations) and given the existing property to allow rotation production areas for the recovery of these areas while achieving a productive dynamic that allows food self-sufficiency.
This good practice describes the process of support for the consolidation and strengthening of three small business in Samona, Taracoa and Shinchichicta in marketing activities for corn-processing and cocoa. These activities aim at strengthening the fair trade, collecting volumes of raw material produced by its partners in the storage plants installed in the nearby communities and promoting a business process managed by the members, with regular reports and clear accountability.
The kichwa farm as a conservation strategy for agrobiodiversity and food security
Economic partnerships of small producers for the strengthening of fair trade