37%Live in rural areas
28%Rely on agriculture for livlihood
4%Live below poverty line
Approximately 37 percent of Ecuadorians live in rural areas. The World Bank reports that 28 percent of its total population rely on agriculture for their livelihoods and 30 percent of its land area is used for agricultural purposes.
Ecuador rates 98 out of 187 countries according to the United Nation’s Human Development Index (2014). About 4 percent of its 15 million people live below the poverty line, on $1.25 a day, and 6 percent of children under 5 are malnourished.
Our Work In Ecuador
Our work in Ecuador is helping small-scale farmers improve the quality and production of their agricultural, handicraft and tourism-related products.
Among our current regional programs, we are focused on enhancing the farm- to-market processing of milk and other dairy products, corn flour, honey, seafood and a variety of crops. Farmers are processing fine cacao for local use and for export. Additionally, families living in the coastal mangrove region are promoting community tourism and traditional fishing.
We assist small-scale farmers in establishing community-based organizations, or cooperatives, where they can develop skills to access and operate within new markets. As farmers establish more equitable relationships with intermediaries and stockpilers, they also gain better opportunities for processing and marketing.
Nutrition Training, Gender Equity Training
Enterprise and Value Chain Development, Conservation, Entrepreneurship, Post-harvest Processing, Agroecological Fairs
Passing on the Gift®, 12 Cornerstones for Just and Sustainable Development, Farmer Exchange Visits, Advocacy, Cooperative Development
Animal and Crop Management, Seed Banks, Irrigation Systems, Healthy Food Preparation
Natural Resource Management, Water Conservation, Agroforestry, Agroecology, Policy Development
Programs and Projects
PROMESAEconomic Improvement and Food Security in Coffee, Cocoa, and Other Crop Commodities
GANASOLLivestock and Sustainable Agriculture on Latin American Hillsides
SAN SECOFood and Nutritional Security in the Central and South American Dry Corridor
PROCOSTASustainable Management of Coastal and Mangrove Ecosystems
PACHAThe Andean Plateau, Paramo, Camelid and Yarn