Madrid Tamayo, Andrea (2010). "The Agriculture of Poverty. Excluding Policies and local alternatives from Indigenous Communities. The agency of men and women of Chimborazo – Ecuador" Paper presented at the 7th annual conference of the HDCA, 21-23 September 2010, Amman, Jordan.

Agrarian reforms and agrarian development laws are edicts which regulate the agricultural sector in Ecuador and have influenced the current situation of paramo peasants ("“parameros”"). Since the enforcement of these policies, the introduction of technological packages has been strengthen outlined by the “Green Revolution, ” causing detriment in the agricultural knowledge of indigenous sectors and their ecosystem. In this way, in Chimborazo, an organization called COPROBICH, is stimulating the implementation of traditional, organic crops which are exported under the certification of BCS (Bio Control System) as part of a project which intends to recover agricultural ancestral knowledge. In this context, the present research reflects upon the proposal implemented by COPROBICH and whether it has changed the quality of life of the peasants who recommenced a traditional agricultural production, or it is merely a utopia based on “romantic” principles about ancestry. Through this conference I want to emphasize the important role of the agency of men and women in to recover their agricultural ancestral knowledge. Indigenous people with their values and cultural principles of “well-being”, in words of Sen: “… their determination and the consequences of it are related with many of the fundamentals aspects of their development process”.