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.
|Title of host publication||Food, Agriculture and Social Change: The Everyday Vitality of Latin America|
|Editors||Stephen Sherwood, Alberto Arce, Myriam Paredes|
|Publisher||Routledge Taylor & Francis Group|
|Publication status||Published - 2017|