Mushuk Yuyay is an association of smallholder farmers in the Andes of southern Ecuador that is working to implement solutions to their several interrelated problems of soil improvement, seed production, crop diversity, post harvest processing, marketing, nutrition, education, community development. All of these solutions will lead to food security. Major projects include school gardens with health education, women's farming associations, enlarged processing plant, and crop research & development
Mushuk Yuyay was formed in 1994 to find solutions to the many interrelated problems facing the Kanari community. The women's agricultural associations address soil degradation, diminished crop diversity, falling seed quality, malnutrition, emigration and marketing disadvantages. The nutrition education program addresses malnutrition and lack of knowledge about the value of locally produced foods. The processing plant will provide a buyer for farm products and develop new products and markets.
The Mushuk Yuyay professional staff will train the participants in the women's agricultural in soil and seed improvement, marketing and organization. They will work together to make up for labor shortage caused by emigration. In the education program, the children will cultivate the crops, prepare the foods and promote healthy eating in the schools. The processing plant will have the capacity to buy farm products and prepare them for market under the local brand name "Alli Mikuna".
Through this project at least 600 families will achieve economic security and food sovereignty. The women's agricultural associations will achieve economic independence within 5 years and train other groups. The processing plant will give the community solid economic foundation through purchase from farmers and opening up local and regional markets. The children in the nutrition education program will become advocates of healthy eating, using local products, and promote continued Andean farming.
This project has provided additional documentation in a Microsoft Excel file (projdoc.xls).