In 2000, Ecuador adopted the U.S. dollar as its official currency to restore political and economic stability in the South American nation. But the process has unintentionally led to rising food prices and hunger among Ecuadorians, particularly indigenous populations, refugees and children.
A group of Ecuadorians and American college students plan to do something about it. They're working together to put food access directly into the hands of people. This summer, they'll construct two greenhouses in the capital city of Quito where families will grow produce for themselves and to sell at farmers markets to meet local demand for healthy fruits and vegetables. Ecuador ranks as one of the world’s highest users of pesticides, so there is a growing demand for organic produce. The group plans to create the long-term infrastructure to support urban farming well into the future.
I will travel to Quito for six days this July to write an article about this urban farming project for a national environmental magazine. I need funds to help cover transportation, lodging and translator costs. (Backers have no editorial input on my project).
I previously completed a Kickstarter project called "Wailing Peacocks," which involved traveling to Hawaii and writing about the revival of ancient Polynesian voyaging and its role in navigating climate change. The article, "Rising Sea Levels: The View from a Canoe" appears in the spring issue of Yes! magazine.
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