People, cows and milking machines : Public policy and intersubjectivity in Ecuador

Vasconcellos Fernandez, Nicolas


This chapter draws on the experience of peasant farmers to describe and analyze how the introduction of milk production technology transforms relationships and creates new subjectivities. This technology is seen as part of the Ecuadorean government’s plans for improving agriculture through technology-based interventions. The Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock, Aquaculture and Fishing (MAGAP in Spanish) targets peasant farmers as beneficiaries of technical knowledge, creating space for a knowledge encounter between competing regimes of practice.