31 Aug '11, 12pm

Is the Intag Valley, Ecuador, the new economics utopia? | Saamah Abdallah

Is the Intag Valley, Ecuador, the new economics utopia? | Saamah Abdallah

Imagine a place where everybody knows everybody’s name. A place where people are constantly helping each other. Where women meet at 6am to ask their neighbours if they can carry a parcel down to the nearby town when they get the bus there. Where there are associations for everyone – the cattle owners, the coffee farmers, the artisans, those who work in tourism. Where all the tourism is eco-tourism, run by locals. Where communities arrange to get together in mingas to clear the forest paths of weeds. Where the men talk of the women as being the leaders of the community. Where the local newspaper leads with an article about an environmental rights summit, and contains articles about the assessment of river quality, inequality, and a German fair trade coffee company (including a 4-paragraph profile of the company’s home town, Hamburg!). Where 300 farmers have got together to ...

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