Growing Food in the City: Urban Agriculture in Quito, Ecuador, through a Feminist Lens


  • Laine Young Wilfrid Laurier University



Urban Agriculture, Feminist Political Ecology, Intersectional Analysis, Gender


While much research has been done on urban agri­culture (UA), globally, less is known about the impact of gender and the implications on access to food, social relationships, and power relations. More work is needed on how to link place-based UA case studies across different locations with varied levels of political support to promote trans­formational change in policy and development. In addition, more exploration is needed that analyzes gendered experiences of UA and how intersections of social location affect how a person experiences and accesses UA and its varied benefits. This pre­liminary research brief explores the potential for using intersectional experiences and feminist polit­ical ecology to assess UA programming in Quito, Ecuador. Exploring the intersectional experiences of UA and program development can influence increased access to nutritious food for the most marginalized people, promote equality and inclusion, and improve urban environments.

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Author Biography

Laine Young, Wilfrid Laurier University

Ph.D. Candidate, Centre for Sustainable Food Systems

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How to Cite

Young, L. (2019). Growing Food in the City: Urban Agriculture in Quito, Ecuador, through a Feminist Lens. Journal of Agriculture, Food Systems, and Community Development, 9(A), 151–158.