La Estancia is a project located in the town of Juchitan de Zaragoza, in the Isthmus of Tehuantepec, in the state of Oaxaca (Mexico). It has been selected in the Holding the Key 2022.
In June 2022 they became a cooperative under the name Guenda Rudxiba Guendaró Stinú, which in Zapotec means “the right of the people to grow their own food”.
The Estancia-Guendaró Stinú, arose as a result of the presence of ICCoNeCC (Institute for the Conservation of the Neovolcanic Cordillera in the face of Climate Change), for scientific research and education of the general population, through courses and workshops and the implementation of ecotechnologies and aquaponics systems. This allows rural populations to have access to animal and vegetable protein while saving resources such as water.
The main objective of La Estancia-Guendaró Stinú is to implement an aquaponic system in a population with few possibilities for self-sufficiency in animal or vegetable protein. Aquaponics allows families to be self-sufficient, in addition to saving water and enriching the soil.
The network that is established involves the school, the university, the health center, the local president’s office…
The collaboration between Lighthouse and La Estancia-Guendaró Stinú aims to accompany in this implementation of aquaponics and to collect the learnings made in terms of community participation, the application of research methods in local environments, the possibility of networking and sharing knowledge in other locations with similar climatic and social conditions.
We will communicate the progress and lessons learned!