Ecuador is a South American country boarded by the Pacific Ocean on the West, Peru on the East and South, and Colombia on the North. Galapagos islands are also the part of Ecuador. Quito is the capital and it is the second largest city after Guayaquil.
The colors of the flag are yellow for the sun and the gold of the ancestors; blue for the sky and the sea, and red for the blood of those who fought for independence. Population consists of 15 457 019 people.
Ecuador is a mega diverse country, containing approximately 15-17% of the world's plant species and nearly 20% of its bird diversity. Ecuador's Cloud Forests are home to the spectacled bear, jaguar, sloth, howler monkey, puma and many other creatures.
Farms of Natural Habitats are located in Rio Verde, Esmeraldas. Esmeraldas is a province in northwestern Ecuador with the capital Esmeraldas. Population of the province is about 520 711 people. Afro-Ecuadorians is the main ethnicity here. Local income comes primarily from fishing, the shrimp industry and agriculture. Area lacks potable water and provision of basic health and education. There is no sewage system. The average age in productive rural areas is 26 years old (51% male and 49% female) and almost 40% of the population is under 14. Although the illiteracy rate is very low (10%) still the population does not receive enough information regarding good production practices, or measures to reduce the impact of urbanization and agriculture. The population has little information regarding recycling or conservation. Natural Habitats organises educational sessions for locals in order to raise level of awareness and responsibility.
The main challenges of Ecuadorian oil palm sector are found on a farm level. Majority of smallholder farmers lack good manufacturing knowledge; they use pesticides, and toxic fertilizers, which as consequence create environmental problems and unsustainable development. There is lack of knowledge about conservation, carbon emissions, enhancing biodiversity and recycling. Natural Habitats is concerned about insufficient amount of information related to agricultural practices, therefor we conduct our farming in a sustainable manner and also educate farmers. Our farmers get an access to updated agronomic advisory on how to control pests, manage water, soil, and air resources.
Overall, the palm oil sector is critical for the growth of Ecuador, generating nearly 2% of Ecuador’s gross domestic product (GDP), 15% of agricultural GDP and supporting over 170 000 jobs directly and indirectly (Davila, 2012).
Check our video with visuals from our farms.
Half of an avocado
250 ml fresh orange juice.
Natural Products Expo is largest and the most important trade show on the east coast and Natural Habitats is delighted to be a part of it;
Natural Habitats is eager to meet, connect and engage with like-minded businesses and customers that share our credo of sustainable and organic production for a more responsible and social world;
Natural Habitats is excited to see the mixture of different cultures at the Natural Products Expo and learn more about their heritage and typical products;
We are really excited to showcase our Natural Habitats products on our booth (number #2222) and to hear your opinion about them using the hashtags #nh #redpalmoilnh.