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Systems of Control for Agroecological Food Production and Commercialisation in Quito, Ecuador

Author: Alexandra Rodríguez Dueñas

Meeting future demand for food under sustainable production schemes and through reasonable processes has become of vital importance for the future of humanity. The municipality of the metropolitan district of Quito has – since 2002 – addressed this challenge through the implementation of the Agricultura Urbana Participativa project (AGRUPAR, Participative Urban Agriculture). Through this project self-production of food on previously unproductive or underutilised spaces is encouraged. This strategy aims to reduce food insecurity by improving the availability, access and quality of food, as well as to generate a source of income and savings for the producers engaged in the scheme. Moreover, the strategy is framed as a vehicle for urban sustainability and resilience since its implementation can contribute to improving microclimates, nutrient cycling, water management and biodiversity preservation. Participatory Guaranty Systems

Organization: Government
Region: Latin America and the Caribbean
Coverage: Ecuador
Areas of focus: Governance and planning, Social and economic equity, Food production and ecosystem management, Food supply and distribution