Alexandra Rodríguez Dueñas
In: Urban Agriculture Magazine no 33 - Urban Agroecology, p.45-47 (2017)
Agriculture is a key element of Quito’s history. Food production for self-provisioning was practised throughout the consolidation of the city by different groups historically inhabiting the territory. The Quitu people were the first inhabitants of the territory (500 CE), then with the conquest of the Caras (980 CE) the Quitu–Cara culture began. They developed important engineering works such as agricultural terraces on mountain slopes and irrigation channels on desiccated lagoon beds. The development of these agricultural systems sustained the population growth of that era.