Heifer Ecuador

Live in rural areas

Rely on agriculture for livlihood

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.

4840 Families
Were Assisted in FY2014

Livestock Placed In FY2014

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.

Estefania Cotera (67) displays a squash at her farm in Bunche, Esmeraldas.
Estefania Cotera (67) displays a squash at her farm in Bunche, Esmeraldas.
  • Women’s Empowerment

    Nutrition Training, Gender Equity Training

  • Increased Income

    Enterprise and Value Chain Development, Conservation, Entrepreneurship, Post-harvest Processing, Agroecological Fairs

  • Social Capital

    Passing on the Gift®, 12 Cornerstones for Just and Sustainable Development, Farmer Exchange Visits, Advocacy, Cooperative Development

  • Nutrition

    Animal and Crop Management, Seed Banks, Irrigation Systems, Healthy Food Preparation

  • Environment

    Natural Resource Management, Water Conservation, Agroforestry, Agroecology, Policy Development

Programs and Projects


    Economic Improvement and Food Security in Coffee, Cocoa, and Other Crop Commodities

    Livestock and Sustainable Agriculture on Latin American Hillsides

    Food and Nutritional Security in the Central and South American Dry Corridor

    Sustainable Management of Coastal and Mangrove Ecosystems

    The Andean Plateau, Paramo, Camelid and Yarn

Project Partners


  • Mundo Cooperante
  • GADP Chimborazo (Gobierno Autonomo Descentralizado Provincia Chimborazo)
  • MAGAP-Milk Program (Ministerio de Agricultura, Ganadería, Acuacultura y Pesca)
  • Acting For Life
  • MAGAP-Sub-secretariat of Livestock Forest
  • GEF (Ministerio de Ambiente- Global Environment Facility)
  • GADP-Chimborazo
  • GADP-Zamora (Gobierno Autonomo Descentralizado Provincia Zamora)
  • GADP-Loja (Gobierno Autonomo Descentralizado Provincia Loja)
  • Commonwealth of Dry Forest Municipalities


  • GADP Cotopaxi (Gobierno Autonomo Descentralizado Provincia Cotopaxi)
  • Universidad Chimborazo
  • Universidad Cotopaxi

Local implementing partners

  • Mashcana
  • COCPROP (Corporación de Organizaciones Campesinas de Pastocalle)
  • PACAT (Unión de Organizaciones Productores Agroecológicas y de Comercio Asociativo de Tungurahua)
  • CCONDEM (Corporación Coordinadora Nacional para la Defensa del Ecosistema Manglar del Ecuador)
  • Zuleta
  • FOCIFCH (Federación de Organizaciones Indígenas de las Faldas de Chimborazo)
  • Tucayta
  • UNOCANC (Unión de Organizaciones Campesinas del Norte de Cotopaxi)
  • Commonwealth of Dry Forest Municipalities
  • UCOCPE (Unión Cantonal de Organizaciones Campesinas y Populares de Espíndola)
  • Cochas Irrigation Board
  • FEPROCASH (Federación de Pequeños Productores Agropecuarios)
  • GADP-Loja


Fundación Heifer Ecuador

N24-587 y Colón Quito, Ecuador

F: (593 2) 2501 427 / 2908 985

E: fundacionheifer@heifer-ecuador.org

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