Modernizing Mountains: Continued Adaptive Change in Flowerscapes in the Andes

Authors: Gregory Knapp*, University of Texas - Austin
Topics: Mountain Environments, Cultural and Political Ecology, Latin America
Keywords: mountain geography, agriculture, cultural and political ecology, Latin America, Ecuador
Session Type: Paper
Day: 4/13/2018
Start / End Time: 10:00 AM / 11:40 AM
Room: Regent, Marriott, River Tower Elevators, 4th Floor
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The unexpected continual flourishing of medium-scale floriculture in the Andean highlands has challenged traditional declensionist models, but can be understood in the contexts of pluriactivity, the new ruralality, and adaptive dynamics human ecology. Analytical frameworks tend to emphasize both extremes of the agricultural continuum - smallholder agriculture, and large scale capitalist industrial agriculture - but tend to ignore medium scale commercial farming, and its creative tensions with other modes of production. Building on research published in the 2017 Annals special issue on Mountains, continued qualitative field investigation in Ecuador indicates how actors in this billion dollar industry are adapting to recent changes in regulatory regimes, international marketing arrangements, climate, and local contestations and compromises.

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