Improving food and water, Chimborazo, Ecuador

What the project does

The project “Improving food and water sovereignty of 300 families in Chimborazo, Ecuador” fights poverty among indigenous communities of the Sierra Central of Ecuador, about 3,000 m above sea level, by improving food production systems through the introduction of organic farming, conservation agriculture, agroforestry and reforestation activities among 300 small-farmer families living in 8 communities of Sicalpa, Cantón Colta of the Province of Chimborazo.

Achievements since start

  • 30,000 cuttings of mainly tilo and yangual (indigenous trees of elderberry and rose family) growing in nurseries and ready to be planted out in December 2014 by the 300 farmers.
  • 30,000 cuttings of yangual, linden and lupina (indigenous trees) produced planted by 300 farmers on a total of 17 hectares.
  • 2 nurseries run by the communities to produce 18,000 trees and 60,000 vegetable seedlings every 6 months for the 300 farmers.
  • 300 farmers have received small irrigation systems and are now able to produce two crops annually.
  • Training of farmers in erosion control.
  • Treeplanting expanded to other HPP projects in Ecuador and 8,400 trees planted.
  • 7 community banks established among 157 farmers to provide financing for seed purchases, irrigation purposes, etc.

Ecua 4

The farmers have started selecting seeds from their best quinoa plants and thus achieved better quality and more diversity compared to previously when they were buying seeds.

Facts

  • The project started in August, 2013 and ended in June 2015.
  • Implemented by Fundación Humana Pueblo a Pueblo Ecuador.
  • Funded by The GAIA-Movement through donations from The GAIA-Movement Living Earth Green World Action USA, Inc. and Green World Recycling Ltd.

Open or download the final report with photos from the project (0.4 MB)

2015 HPP Ecuador Final Report

Open or download the 2014 update with photos from the project (3.3 MB)

201410 Chimborazo Ecuador

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