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HIDROBO, Jaime et al. Sistemas de producción en áreas con cangahua habilitada en la Sierra Norte de Ecuador. Siembra [online]. 2015, vol.2, n.1, pp.116-127. ISSN 2477-8850.

This investigation was conducted to characterize the experiences in agro ecological production used by farmers on reclaimed cangahua soils in a small inter-Andean region from the Cayambe Township, in the Ecuadorian sierra. The cangahuas are sterile volcanic tuffs which cover huge surfaces of this area, and its reclamation and management pose many environmental, social and economic issues which hinder considerably the agricultural development in this area. Nonetheless, cangahua rehabilitation offers the possibility of revitalizing the depres sed agriculture of this zone. The evaluation of the management practices of the recovered plots highlights the existence of an overall homogeneity in the production systems. The observed differences can be explained by the poor financial and technical support, and by limited access to water resources. Cangahua conversion into agricultural land and the implementation of fields with agro ecological management could meet the farmer’s needs and address environmental issues.

Palabras clave : cangahuas; soil; erosion; farming systems; agroecology; reclaimation.

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