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Ecuador

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03 April 2013

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).
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Palm Oil Is Everywhere

Palm oil (Elaeis guineensis) originates from West Africa. Once planted, after 3-4 years’ palm oil trees start to producing its first fruits and will continue all year-round for up to 30 years. Oil Palm is high yielding; it produces more oil per hectare than any other major oil seed crop.

Did you know that half of your items in your house contain palm oil?
Palm oil is also the most widely consumed vegetable oil on the planet

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Why Farm Organically?

With a growing population, nearly 10 billion people by 2050, and an increasing demand for food, agriculture is placed under extreme pressure. We heavily rely on services that the industry provides to us, such as food, clothes, wood, and many others. Unfortunately, with biodiversity losses and deforestation practices that accompany modern agriculture, these services are currently at risk. Therefore, we must take actions to sustain biodiversity, soils and forests for the generations to come

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An Important Role of Intercropping in Modern Agriculture

Population of our planet is constantly growing. The threat of insufficient food supply in the near future encourages intensification of the search for more productive agricultural technics. At Natural Habitats, we believe that well-planned intercropping is one of the most effective and sustainable ways to increase agricultural productivity.

Intercropping, as well as other forms of multiple cropping, is an ancient method of intensive agriculture that involves cultivation of two or more crops simultaneously on the same field

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Mainstream Sustainable Palm Oil Production in Ecuador

Deforestation caused by many palm-oil producers, harming wildlife habitats, has been a widespread concern around the world. However, more and more palm oil is now being sourced sustainably with a help of the certification initiative promoted by a non-profit association Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) that aims to transform markets to make sustainable palm oil the norm. Natural Habitats as 100% organic and sustainable producer was certified with RSPO standard in 2013.

In May 2013, Natural Habitats in Ecuador (Exportsustent) together with Solidaridad and National Association of Oil Palm Growers (ANCUPA) developed a pioneering project Mainstream Sustainable Palm Oil Production in Ecuador

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An Ongoing Education of Farmers

Natural Habitats believes in doing business in harmony with the environment. This is the reason for us to continuously encourage smallholder farmers in Ecuador and Sierra Leone into getting involved in organic and sustainable production of palm oil.

On a regular basis, we educate and train our smallholder farmers in nature preservation and organic farming practices for not only their own good but for the betterment of the society

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Fair Trade Explained

Today, we are surrounded by numerous certifications on the products we buy at supermarkets. It is getting more and more confusing to figure out what exactly most of them stand for. Some labels are self-explanatory and some are not. Fair for Life Social and FairTrade certification belongs to the second category. Therefore, most of the consumers do not even realize that while they purchase Fair for Life or FairTrade certified products they contribute to the empowerment of poor around the world

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Why Healthy Palm Oil is not an Oxymoron

When people hear about palm oil the first thing that usually comes to their mind is heart disease. The logic is pretty simple: fifty per cent of the oil consists of saturated fat that supposed to be bad for the heart, therefore, palm oil causes heart disease. However, numerous studies continue to confirm that palm oil does not promote heart problems and, if anything, it protects against them

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Sustaining Food Security

Pressure on the world’s food supply is constantly increasing due to population growth, changing diets and government policies promoting biofuels. Current estimates suggest that by 2050 the food demand will be twice what it was in 2005. Biotech companies have strongly promoted the idea that genetically engineered (GE) crops are the key to “feeding the world”. According to Environmental Working Group , recent studies show that this promise has fallen flat

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