The iony Moment: Migration, Livelihoods and Family Farming in the Upper Cañar Valley (Southern Ecuadorian Andes)

  • Michel Vaillant

Minifundia farms in the southern Ecuadorian Andes. When this type of family farming is mentioned do we not promptly picture indigenous peasants, dressed in traditional ponchos, working ploughs to open narrow ridges along the mountainside to dig up tubercles of varied shapes, colours and flavours? Unless the image that appears first is of a woman wearing a thick cape-like shawl (wallkarina) over her shoulders and a finely stitched ankle-length skirt (pollera), herding a small flock of sheep on narrow, steep paths to the cold pastures at heights commonly covered in mist?

It is hard to imagine that small-scale family farming, as practiced today in this part of the world, is, however, based on ‘livelihoods’ that involve locations, professions, resources, values, institutions, etc. that extend far beyond the sole agricultural sphere and even the physical space that the original community would have been confined to. Because this type of family farming also encompasses the image of the...


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  • Michel Vaillant
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  1. 1.Independent ResearcherVesoulFrance

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