Emerging Ideas and Practices of Social and Environmental Sustainability in Indigenous Organic Coffee Production

By: Consuelo Guayara Sanchez  

In this paper, I examine how distinctly indigenous organic producers think about the human-nature relationship across geographical scales and how these ideas are intertwined with practices of social and environmental care. Such environmental practices are promoted by a local association for indigenous and small producers to whom they belong, and supported by organic certification for international markets. While dealing with persistent scarcity of rural labor through a potentially non-profit approach, crop diversification provides a strategy for economic sustainability. I carried out field research in summer 2018, including on-site visits, participant observation, and in-depth, semi-structured interviews with indigenous leaders and members of this Colombian association.

Indigenous Organic Coffee Production, Sustainability, Colombia, Political Ecology, Producers' Association
Food Production and Sustainability
Paper Presentation in a Themed Session

Consuelo Guayara Sanchez

-, -, University of Iowa, United States
Iowa, United States

I graduated from The University of Iowa with a Ph.D. in Geography in 2007. I am a Human Geographer with research interests in environmental-human relations, political ecology, knowledge production, and food sustainability in Latin America. My doctoral research examined how the environment of the Amazon basin has been constructed in the policies and approaches of different research institutes both in Brazil and Colombia. As a lecturer of the University of Iowa, I have taught courses in the Department of Geography on Development, Environment and Development, Gender and Environment, Globalization in the Developing World, and Latin America, People, Culture and Environment. I am currently teaching courses in Rhetoric with focus on the environment, sustainability, and development. My research explores a place-based approach to sustainability for developing countries where local technical knowledge is articulated to scientific knowledge addressing local needs and promoting further processes of knowledge production.