The heterogeneity of water use practices and climate variability in the Ecuadorian Andes

Organised by Knowledge Technology and Innovation, Philosophy, Strategic Communication

Tue 20 October 2015 12:30 to 13:30

Venue Leeuwenborch, gebouwnummer 201

Horacio Narvaez-Mena (KTI)

Water scarcity due to climate change is a current concern worldwide. Increasingly erratic and unpredictable climate patterns make the already precarious situation of rural communities more complex and uncertain. Diminished public spending poses serious challenges for managing climatic variability that affects agricultural production. Furthermore, official development policy overlooks strategies that are already present in the communities by emphasising on externally based knowledge and technology. Horacio will discuss the heterogeneity of local practices and water scarcity in a rural community in northern Ecuador, San Clemente. Farmers have managed the available scarce resources for centuries, making visible two sides of practices: historical context and agency of people in innovation processes. This local heterogeneity should be taken into account when formulating development policies on climate change adaptation, in contrast to one-size-fits-all solutions.