Peacebuilding en Las Américas

Planting Sustainable Peace: Food Sovereignty

by Monica Maher 

In Ecuador, fifteen Kichwa indigenous leaders and their families in Cotacachi worked during 9 days to harvest the white beans (chochos) of their collective garden. The Pachamama, Mother Earth, was extremely generous as the harvest was abundant.  In addition to plentiful white beans, there was also a wonderful harvest of red beans, which had been planted simply on the garden perimeter. Everyone was very happy. Due to the success, more members of the indigenous women´s group, Jambi Mascari, want to join in the endeavor.  After harvesting, the group plowed the land, preparing it for another planting next month.