"The fact that this long-term vision is not raised from a governmental body, contributes to its continuity, since these tend to vary depending on the administration on duty. I can project my contribution in connecting this proposal with teachers or students from high schools in the south of Quito who can become agents of change for their homes and institutions and promote healthy nutrition.
Veronica Vargas - Researcher on sustainable food systems
As a 'good food' lover and because she considers herself a systems thinker, Veronica supports the team working on culture and diets. She is interested in collaboration with integrative initiatives approaching food systems, where the social agency can demonstrate that eating is a political action, and as such, citizens are capable of leading bottom-up changes.
"Everything flows from a clear vision. Without an ambitious vision, we are doomed to repeat what we have always done and close ourselves from innovation. With a clear place-based vision and pathways, it is easier to coordinate with other stakeholders and identify how we each contribute to the realisation of our common vision."
"We hope that our contribution, that of the team of the Minga por la Pachamama, will orient us with a vision of experiential and intergenerational learning. In addition, our desire is to think about how the actions proposed can have greater visibility within the community as well as amplify this voice in various spaces of communication."
Javier Albuja - Technical Coordinator - Conquito
"I want to generate opportunities to improve the food system and its actors. Identify and contribute ideas to improve the well-being of people. From the creation and strengthening of employment, promote entrepreneurship and innovation with the methodologies and tools that we implement in ConQuito."
"I think that the opportunity to think and dream of a sustainable food system for Quito, based on the experience and knowledge of those who came together for this proposal, from many areas of scientific knowledge and ancestral wisdom, can ensure a system that works and is replicable in other cities and spaces."
"Eating is a political act, therefore, it implies a collective responsibility in which we need to know where food comes from, how it is produced, who makes it, how to prepare it, what relationships exist in that journey of these products that go from the earth to the plate.In this process we can understand why citizens need to organize themselves, to ensure that purchasing decisions are a conscious and informed act. We lose this when the decision is an advertising result, and difficult to access because modernity promotes deserts of food."
"I firmly believe that by building a joint vision, we generate opportunities. The use of technology - many times limited - must be promoted from public policy, to promote development from organizations and the private sector, to become a tool that connects the demand for quality food with agro-ecological production, so that it reaches more people in various territories."
"I hope to contribute from my profession (nutrition) and my passion (food) the key elements both technical and cultural in the formation of a green city in every sense, and more specifically in a city without malnutrition (neither by deficiency nor excess) thanks to the quality, availability and accessibility of sustainable food to all inhabitants of Quito."
Julio de la Calle - Project and Innovation Manager at ANFAB
"I can contribute to the construction of this vision by analyzing agribusiness systems at the local level, finding opportunities for improvement and innovation in the system, proposing solutions in order to generate a favorable and sustainable environment for feeding new generations, with special emphasis on the erradication of child malnutrition in Ecuador."
"The food systems vision challenge is a great opportunity to think in food as a way to unite and inspire people to take action and be able to connect dots. It’s inspiring for me to think the solutions collectively and assess the feasibility of our ideas. We are all interconnected and I find that collective intelligence can take us further to build resilience in our food systems when they are put to test."
Ronnie Lizano - Director of the Research Group GRICAM
"It is important to build this vision because historically Quito has been planned as a City, excluding a big part of the south population such as green spaces, security, health services access and healthy food spaces. In South Quito, there are many issues that need to be visible for the entire population to take actions with local administrations."
"The Cooperative maintains pilot experiences in the South of Quito, with actions that confront their food environments; proposing alternatives to structural conditions of exclusion to healthy and sovereign food. In this perspective, this vision allows us to understand an initiative that will strengthen the Healthy Food Distribution System Mother Earth in its conception, principles and actions."