Tuesday, 22 October 2019

Regional Productive Frontiers Project


Financer:                  Canadian International Development Agency – CIDA

Executor:                  United Nations Development Program – UNDP

Implementer:           FECD

Location:                   Carchi, Esmeraldas, Imbabura, Sucumbíos, Orellana, Napo, Los Ríos,
Cotopaxi, Tungurahua, Chimborazo, Bolívar y Cañar

Execution period:    2007-2010

The project was aimed at strengthening sustainable production chains in the provinces along Ecuador’s northern border zone as a means of reducing poverty and inequality in this region resulting from the armed conflict in Colombia.  During execution, the project’s scope of action was expanded to include the highland provinces and the central coastal area.

Priority was given to market-based productive chains with an environmental management and socially sustainable approach: cocoa in Los Ríos, Esmeraldas, Sucumbios, Orellana and Napo; tourism in Imbabura and Orellana; and Andean grains in the central highlands provinces.  Work was also undertaken using an environmental impact reduction strategy in the rice chains of Sucumbíos and the milk chains of Carchi.

The institutional capacities of UNDP and those of FECD were complemented during execution, thereby generating new proposals aimed at providing continuity to the supported development processes. FECD continues its work in these zones by providing training in Human Development with Focusing and consolidating actions in the productive chains.

“Here, there’s never been any cocoa shortage.  This is not like other areas in which this month there’s cocoa and next month there’s none.  We have cocoa all the time here, but before we didn’t really know how to look after our plantations or how to harvest properly… we just gathered the crops any old how … Now we know.  They are there in each of the farms when we need any technical help, they are around … We have improved our production”..

Irma Valencia, inhabitant of Chontaduro, canton of Río Verde, province of Esmeraldas


“Before, we all worked individually! Now, with this project, our work is more organized, we’re thinking of the end result at provincial level, grouping all the organization together”.

Guido Quel, president of the San Pedro Association and Provincial Milk Committee of Carchi


“This project has produced positive results.  Every day, more and more producers arrive to sell their cocoa.  Now they have more confidence because the weight and price is fair.  Everyone is involved in weighing and checking the scales.  The weight is correct and even the prices are a little bit higher.  This is an incentive for our fellow farmers.  Before, the dealers received more and paid less.   They cheated us”.

Segundo Sánchez, in charge of the San Carlos collection center, Joya de los Sachas, Orellana

“Now we’re operating like a community enterprise…”,

Juan Aguilar, small producer in the Totora Sisa community enterprise, Imbabura

Decrease in Gender Violence Indicators through the Use of Non-Violent Communication Tools and the Economic Inclusion of Women in the Rural Communities of Chimborazo


Financer:               Royal Netherlands Embassy

Executor:               FECD

Location:                Cantons of Guamote and Colta, province of Chimborazo

Execution period: 2010-2011

Implemented in the province’s cantons that register the highest rates of poverty, the project sought to reduce violence against indigenous women while promoting their economic inclusion.  Using the Human Development with Focusing model, non-violent communication practices and behaviors were promoted within organizations and the families.

Intervention achieved ​​progress in raising awareness on women's rights and alternative forms of communication within participating families. Agro-ecology practices were strengthened in 15 women's organizations and associations to improve crop productivity and recover traditional varieties of Andean tubers such as mashua, melloco and oca. These groups associatively marketed their products and set up market gardens to improve household nutrition.

The actions initiated through this project are ongoing, with broader coverage as the project progresses using the resources of  FECD and Fundación Apoyo Humanitario “Ascender” Ecuador.

“For me, these workshops in which we have received training are very important.  For 2 years I was a leader of the women and it wasn’t easy in that post.  First, because as indigenous women, we have many duties towards our children, husband and animals.  So it’s not at all easy to go to the workshops.  But I thank God, and my husband because he has always supported me and has given me the strength to carry on with this organization, together with my colleagues.  Now I feel stronger, although the studying tires me.  I only studied to elementary  school level and the language is not at all easy.  But I feel capable of carrying out my duties in the Institutions and showing my abilities.  I am also grateful to FECD for coming and sharing the pause (key practice in the Human Development with Focusing model) of which we had heard nothing in any workshop.  At first it was a bit of a joke, like a game, but then we realized that it is something important for life, our family and the community.  It’s true, before we knew about the pause we lived in violence.  Now, I’ve change my way of communicating with my family a lot.  I’ve talked to my husband about the pause and at first he didn’t understand, he didn’t take any notice.  Now, thanks to him putting it into practice there has been a change with respect to the children.  They’re not treated like they were before.  I’ve never been a violent person but I used to get angry with my colleagues.  Now, with the pause, I feel more secure and in everything I do I think I should do it with the pause”

Manuela Gavin, Promoter of the Association of Women of the Laime Capulispungo community

A life without Violence in Esmeraldas and Sucumbíos


Financer:                ONUMujeres

Co-executors:       Centro Ecuatoriano de Desarrollo y Estudios Alternativos – CEDEAL
and Federación de Mujeres de Sucumbíos - FMS

Location:                Provinces of Esmeraldas and Sucumbíos

Execution period: 2008-2011


“I feel very good as a promoter of the Sucumbíos Federation of Women because I feel that I have learned a lot.  The experience has influenced me and has been useful in improving my own and my family’s life.  There has been a change in my attitude, and my husband’s too.  We have also been trained not only to replicate our experience in various organizations, but how to do it correctly and safely.”

Gina Ponce, promoter of the FMS school of promoters


Mestizo, indigenous and Afro-descendant women from the rural areas of the border provinces of Esmeraldas and Sucumbios, who live in a particularly violent situation due to the influence of the nearby armed conflict and their own poverty, have achieved considerable success in changing their environment. By acquiring knowledge of their rights and how to enforce the law with respect to gender violence, these women have driven changes in discriminatory cultural patterns. The project’s efforts have been focused on training local promoters based on the program "Women, Know Your Rights", which includes modules related to: (i) self-esteem, identity, gender equality and rights, (ii) domestic violence and sexual offenses and (iii) economic rights of women.


The capacities of local governments, justice and service providers, which focus on combating gender violence in the two provinces, have been strengthened. The Sucumbios Federation of Women has improved the quality of care provided in the center for victims of domestic violence.

A major project achievement has been the approval of municipal ordinances seeking to prevent and punish gender-based violence in the canton of Eloy Alfaro, Esmeraldas; the creation of the Department of Equity, which seeks to address and prevent violence against women in the canton of Sucumbíos; and the allocation of a budget for the Department of Women, in the canton of Lago Agrio.  The drafting and publication of a baseline on domestic and gender violence in Esmeraldas and Sucumbios provides local authorities with a source of information and a planning tool for decision making.

“We have managed to strengthen our organizations and achieved empowerment.  We have demanded our rights and are now capable of putting forward proposals”..

Tomasa Francis, promoter of the province of Esmeraldas


“Training promoters is not merely a knowledge process; it also involves raising awareness and a change of attitude among those who are entitled to rights”.

Delia Malvay, FMS president and technician

Bamboo, a High Impact Environmental and Social Alternative


Co-executers:         CEDERENA Coastal Region, Provincial Government of Manabí and
Development Agency of the Province of Manabí

Location:                   Provinces of Manabí, Los Ríos, Santo Domingo de los Tsáchilas
and Pichincha

Execution period:    2008-2011

“It’s a very united community.  When we market our products, four or five partners first get together.  We cut an agreed amount of bamboo cane and then we work on the order”

Of the more than 1,200 species of bamboo, the caña brava (wild cane) that exists naturally in Ecuador is unique.  Its uses and benefits, both ecological as well as economic and social, are countless.  Since 2002, FECD has promoted several projects as a means of contributing to natural resource management, with emphasis being placed on the bamboo cane.  Newly appreciated, this cane generates a development alternative and contributes to improving the living conditions of the rural people.

Technical management of this resource and appropriate marketing have resulted in improved productivity and revalued the sale price, thereby providing higher family income.


“We plant the crop on the river banks to ensure water supplies during the dry period in summer” 

Strengthening the productive organic coffee chain and constructing a social network supporting productive investment with the Ecuadorian emigrant population in Spain


Financer:                UNDP Brussels, EU

Co-executor:         Paz y Desarrollo

Location:                Province of Loja and Spain

Execution period: 2009-2011

The project was executed by FECD in Ecuador and by the Spanish NGO "Paz y Desarrollo" in Spain from July 2009 to April 2011. The principal project objective was to strengthen a sustainable economic alternative for coffee-growing families in the province of Loja and create synergies with their emigrant relatives in Spain, thereby contributing to this process or facilitating their return to Ecuador.


Work in the cantons of Quilanga, Espíndola and Gonzanamá continues and will be expanded to cover five additional cantons in Loja and El Oro.