Ana Marí­a Buitrón

Freelance photographer & journalist | anamaria.buitron@gmail.com founder of @everydayecuador
   
Women who beat the desert
Location: Quito, Ecuador
Nationality: Ecuador
Biography: Ana María Buitrón is a freelance photojournalist born in Quito, Ecuador. Her work uses photography to witness social problems and encourage people –silenced by countless reasons– to raise their voices. She delves into... MORE
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Women who beat the desert
Copyright Ana Marí­a Buitrón 2024
Updated Nov 2022
Location Ecuador
Women who beat the desert

 
This project narrates the stories of rural women who are agents to combat climate crisis in Ecuador, one of the most biodiverse countries in the world. But paradoxically, they live in one of the most desert areas of the country: The Jubones Desert.

These women have beaten the desert. They impact the climate action through their leadership in the design, development and promotion of environmental projects, infrastructure and public policies. 

With their ancestral and adapted agricultural techniques, they sow in these arid lands and not only supply their communities, but also sell their products in nearby cities.

 
Rural and indigenous women have fragile means of subsistence that widely depend on local natural resources, which cannot be guaranteed when facing climate change. The risks linked to this phenomenon affect food and nutrition security and lead to income losses for the communities.  
 
The women portrayed in this project have adapted to climate change in their territories in the following ways:
Strengthening of communal irrigation in drought areas, management of organic manure for moisture retention on the ground, breeding of smaller animals as protein sources, protection of water sources, water harvesting, development of family farms, and use of drought-resistant seeds.

This has all been achieved through a community organization among the residents, strengthened by female empowerment and leadership.


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