Central University of Quito
Livestock plays a critical role in peasant agricultural production in the Guayllabamba watershed of Ecuador. It is essential to understand the technical and social elements of these production systems and to characterize those indigenous and non-indigenous management strategies as related to sustainability.
1. Evaluate the technical, and economic indicators of the cattle raising activities through monitoring to direct agropastoral activities toward a more sustainable system. 2. Identify and analyze technological and administrative practices utilized by farmers in animal management, evaluating elements that contribute to the sustainability of production systems. 3. Compare these practices with others used in similar zones, and discuss with farmers the possibility for testing these in the micro basin, and enriching local knowledge. 4. Create a practical environment in which farmers and researcher, using the knowledge and experiences of farmers, can develop creative solutions to problems associated with agriculture and livestock practices.