Participatory Urban Agriculture Project (AGRUPAR)

The Participatory Urban Agriculture Project (Span. AGRUPAR) is an initiative carried out by the local Government of Quito together with various community organizations in order to contribute to the improvement of the quality of life of the vulnerable population of the Metropolitan District of Quito through agricultural activities that contribute to food security and sovereignty, the improvement of income, the generation of sources of employment, environmental management, gender equity, social inclusion and the generation of productive enterprises. This project started in 2002 and was still operational in 2017. Over the years the project has made its intervention more technical through the implementation of alternative infrastructures of low cost and easy adoption, specially designed for the urban and peri-urban orchards in a participatory process. By 2014, the project recorded that 84% of participants were women and that this activity also included young people and children. In that same year, there were approximately 3000 urban farmers in Quito supported by AGRUPAR, who also discussed the proposal for a municipal ordinance for urban agriculture in Quito.

Institutional design


Formalization: is the innovation embedded in the constitution or legislation, in an administrative act, or not formalized at all?

Frequency: how often does the innovation take place: only once, sporadically, or is it permanent or regular?

Mode of Selection of Participants: is the innovation open to all participants, access is restricted to some kind of condition, or both methods apply?

Type of participants: those who participate are individual citizens, civil society organizations, private stakeholders or a combination of those?

Decisiveness: does the innovation takes binding, non-binding or no decision at all?

Co-governance: is there involvement of the government in the process or not?

only backed by a governmental program or policy 
Mode of selection of participants
Type of participants
Citizens Civil Society  
Democratic innovation yields a non-binding decision  


  • Deliberation
  • Direct Voting
  • E-Participation
  • Citizen Representation


  • Accountability
  • Responsiveness
  • Rule of Law
  • Political Inclusion
  • Social Equality

Policy cycle

Agenda setting
Formulation and decision-making
Policy Evaluation

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