Affective struggles in the desert: Bringing water to bear on agriculture and food

Horacio Narváez-Mena*

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Abstract

The dry, cactus-dotted village of San Clemente, Ambuquí, located in the Chota Valley in northern Ecuador is an arid to semi-arid farming region, where rural families are dependent on irrigation for their food production and livelihoods. Once known for its cotton and coca leaf production during the pre-Colonial era, today large sugar cane plantations occupy the valley floor, with resource-poor families eking out a living on the surrounding barren, sand- and rock-laden mountainsides. For the people who live there, the continual search for water for their crops represents a daily crusade.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationFood, Agriculture and Social Change: The Everyday Vitality of Latin America
EditorsStephen Sherwood, Alberto Arce, Myriam Paredes
PublisherRoutledge Taylor & Francis Group
Pages73-85
ISBN (Electronic)9781315440088
ISBN (Print)9781138214972
Publication statusPublished - 2017

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