Ixtlahuaca means: "In plain", it comes from the náhuatl ixtlahuatl: "plain or plain" and ca: "In". According to local inhabitants Ixtlahuaca means island because previously there were abundant ponds; a place where the water was stagnant. Environmental and cultural change have characterised this community for the last 200 years. The community of San Andrés Ixtlahuaca is adjacent to the city of Oaxaca, with a significant history of poverty and marginalization, but whose projects of greenhouse tomato production, amaranth, and other organic products are examples of the implementation of social economy projects as tools for sustainable development.
Widespread environmental degradation has reduced the provision of ecosystem services, generating particular economic dynamics and struggles related to local products commercialization. Special mention deserves the production of amaranth, one of the super foods that generate interesting mechanisms for the co-production of ecosystem services.
Mushrooms, organic egg and amaranth producers. Local authorities.
Productive projects have been implemented based on the scheme of Social Economy as a solid tool to achieve sustainable development.
Implemented/current solutions or actions taken
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8:00-8:30 Arrival to San Andrés Ixtlahuaca.
8:30-9:30 San Andrés Ixtlahuaca. Visit the mushroom production project lead by youth community members.
9:30-10:30 Magdalena Apasco (Visit to the organic egg production and commercialization project)
10:30-12:00 Suchilquitongo (Visit to the production, transformation and commercialization of amaranth lead by women).
12:00-13:30 San Andrés Ixtlahuaca Visit to the greenhouse tomato production project applying sustainable inputs and production mechanisms.
14:30-17:30 Visit to the Monte Alban Archaeological zone
18:30 Return to Oaxaca City