Laine Young and Alexandra Rodriguez stand in front of community garden in Quito, Ecuador.

Handpicked Podcast Launches Second Season to Celebrate International Women’s Day 2021

In honour of International Women’s Day 2021, Handpicked: Stories from the Field launched its second season with an episode focused on women’s experiences with urban agriculture in Quito, Ecuador. The episode, titled “I Can Seed Something Here, I Have Land”: Intersectionality, Urban Agriculture, and Community Benefit in Quito, Ecuador” features series co-producer, Laine Young in conversation with Alexandra Rodriguez from Agricultura Urbana Participativa, AGRUPAR about urban agriculture projects that are address food insecurity and improving people’s lives by creating more a sustainable food system in Quito, Ecuador.

Using an intersectional lens, Laine and Alexandra look at the positive community-wide impacts of women’s involvement in participatory urban agriculture projects and consider how women’s lived experience is impacted by race, class, gender, sexuality, ability and other factors. Alexandra shares her experience working on the project as well as examples of how AGRUPAR is finding local solutions to the unique challenges facing Quito’s food system. “For me, urban agriculture has been an opportunity to empower women and young people,” says Alexandra. “It’s a way to recover knowledge and respect this knowledge. It has been an opportunity for women to be free, to find a better way of life.”

“For me, urban agriculture has been an opportunity to empower women and young people, it’s a way to recover knowledge and respect this knowledge. It has been an opportunity for women to be free, to find a better way of life.”

Alexandra Rodriguez, In “I Can Seed Something Here, I Have Land”: Intersectionality, Urban Agriculture, and Community Benefit in Quito Ecuador

Handpicked: Stories from the Field is an ongoing podcast series that features researchers and community partners from the Laurier Centre for Sustainable Food Systems talking about the real world impacts of sustainable food system research. Season 1 featured six episodes that address topics such as climate change adaptation in Canada’s north, local implementation of agreements, sustainable food system metrics, and the importance of data sovereignty for food sovereignty. Upcoming episodes in Season 2 will feature episodes on Indigenous food sovereignty, big data and digital food retailing, food waste, and more.

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