Agroecology for farmers & nature health in Ecuador

by FUNDACION CAMBUGAN
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Agroecology for farmers & nature health in Ecuador
Agroecology for farmers & nature health in Ecuador
Agroecology for farmers & nature health in Ecuador
Agroecology for farmers & nature health in Ecuador
Agroecology for farmers & nature health in Ecuador
Agroecology for farmers & nature health in Ecuador
Agroecology for farmers & nature health in Ecuador
Agroecology for farmers & nature health in Ecuador
Agroecology for farmers & nature health in Ecuador
Agroecology for farmers & nature health in Ecuador
Agroecology for farmers & nature health in Ecuador
Agroecology for farmers & nature health in Ecuador
Agroecology for farmers & nature health in Ecuador
Agroecology for farmers & nature health in Ecuador
Agroecology for farmers & nature health in Ecuador
Agroecology for farmers & nature health in Ecuador
Agroecology for farmers & nature health in Ecuador
Agroecology for farmers & nature health in Ecuador
Agroecology for farmers & nature health in Ecuador
Agroecology for farmers & nature health in Ecuador
Agroecology for farmers & nature health in Ecuador
Agroecology for farmers & nature health in Ecuador
Agroecology for farmers & nature health in Ecuador
Agroecology for farmers & nature health in Ecuador
Agroecology for farmers & nature health in Ecuador
Agroecology for farmers & nature health in Ecuador
Agroecology for farmers & nature health in Ecuador
Agroecology for farmers & nature health in Ecuador
Agroecology for farmers & nature health in Ecuador
Agroecology for farmers & nature health in Ecuador
Agroecology for farmers & nature health in Ecuador
Agroecology for farmers & nature health in Ecuador
Agroecology for farmers & nature health in Ecuador
Agroecology for farmers & nature health in Ecuador
Agroecology for farmers & nature health in Ecuador
Distribution of fertilizers and seedlings, june
Distribution of fertilizers and seedlings, june

Since our last report, we are happy to tell you that the recovery of San Isidro Farm, demonstration center of the Mushuk Tukuy network, begun with various support activities, such as space planning, care of common spaces, reception and distribution of fertilizers and seedlings (in alliance with Provincial Government of Pichincha). We were also lucky to agree with new friends from the Network, the responsibility of the permanent care of the Farm.

Unfortunately, in the middle of the Network's work process, last June, a wave of protests led by the Ecuadorian indigenous movement, paralyzed the country for almost 18 days, protesting against state policies and the levels of unemployment and insecurity. Although this episode generated an important process of national dialogue, it also affected the economic and productive work of Mushuk Tukuy, located in Píntag, one of the most active areas in this cycle of protest.

Once the difficulties were overcome, we managed to resume the tasks of repowering infrastructure, production equipment (motor cultivator, power trimmer) and new projects (egg incubator) to promote the Network's action. 

Perhaps the most striking and important moment was that, after a complex process of dialogue and negotiation with collective community actors from the central zone of the country (Chimborazo), an agreement was reached with indigenous community association Asosumllam, for the purchase and technical assistance for the adaptation and care of 6 Andean camelids (alpacas), as a tourist attraction and an alternative form of sheep farming, to promote new entrepreneurial initiatives. The animals arrived at Píntag this August, and they are finishing their period of climatic and nutritional adaptation, happy and healthy!

Egg incubator, july
Egg incubator, july
Andean Alpacas in Pintag! august
Andean Alpacas in Pintag! august
Andean Alpacas in Pintag! (2) august
Andean Alpacas in Pintag! (2) august
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Visit to Paso Alto Protected Forest communities
Visit to Paso Alto Protected Forest communities

The new year has brought the growing normalization of activities, thanks to the speed of the vaccination process. And with normalization, a growing economic recovery. However, such reactivation has been accompanied by multiple contradictions; for example, the accelerated inflationary process has restricted some spending items, to facilitate higher spending on issues such as education, health or transportation. Perhaps for this reason the speed of recovery of the sales of Mushuk Tukuy network has been lower than expected.

For this reason, we pushed the actions agreed with GlobalGiving. First, we count with a contract for the E-Commerce platform; we aspire to have the system in a couple of months, along with an update of the website and E Mail.

Second, we try to diversify the product catalog, promoting the incorporation of producers from the area of influence of Cambugán and Paso Alto protective forests, through visits and training.

Third, we restart the communication with communities from  the Cañar province, to negotiate and finalize the acquisition of Andean camelids (alpacas), one of the most important plans to strengthen the agroecological producers of Mushuk Tukuy network; with these contacts, the acquisition and the necessary technical support are already planned.

Fourth, an observation visit was made to the paramo of the Cambugán Forest buffer zone; unfortunately it was found that the economic reactivation has also meant an increase in livestock activity; this simply reaffirms our commitment to promote sustainable productive alternatives for the people who live with the ecosystems

Alpaca farm, province of Canar
Alpaca farm, province of Canar
Livestock in paramo, buffer zone, Cambugan
Livestock in paramo, buffer zone, Cambugan
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Christmas celebration Dec21
Christmas celebration Dec21

Christmas 2021, Pintag: After months of pandemic, around 20 producers and friends of the Mushuk Tukuy Network, share a Christmas celebration. Despite the multiple biosecurity measures, and the persistent fear of a pandemic that still attacks the city of Quito, the producers wanted to celebrate: since the first steps of Mushuk Tukuy Network, its action has been able to consolidate and begin to grow, after the harsh months of sanitary isolation. And this thanks to friends and allies, like you, who maintained your support and faith in the project.

Between November and December, technical training workshops have been held (textile crafts, agro-ecological fertilizers and non-industrial yogurt); an evaluation of touristic potential of some farms, has been carried out. We are now making adjustments to the current trade model, and thanks to your contribution, the contracting process of the E Commerce platform has also started.

Specifically in  San Isidro Farm, Píntag, a common space for the strengthening of the network, a series of improvements in basic infrastructure and equipment are about to be completed, to enhance the productive activities of our partners (incubator, seedling production area, vermiculture).

Certainly complex challenges still remain, such as improving the network's own organization, its leadership and work agreements; or the permanent challenge of improving sales. Challenges become new opportunities to build our common dream.

Beekeeping in partner farm. Touristic evaluation
Beekeeping in partner farm. Touristic evaluation
BioFertilizers workshop November 21
BioFertilizers workshop November 21
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FUNDACION CAMBUGAN

Location: Quito, Pichincha - Ecuador
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