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  • USAID promoted the sustainable use and the conservation of biodiversity.

  • USAID supported the Ecuadorian government in increasing agricultural production and improving the quality of life for rural Ecuadorians.

  • Bridge built by USAID, El Chota, 2005.

  • Strengthening their organizations has enabled the Cofan to recover their cultural identity and ancestral knowledge. (Sucumbios, Ecuador)

  • Environmental education programs teaching about water sources and how to protect them.

Ecuador’s small farmers harvest broccoli to survive the country’s agricultural trade problems.
Broccoli Farmers Get a Fair Price
Peter Ferretti, left, a horticulture expert from Pennsylvania, volunteered for three weeks with farmers
Learning Life Lessons through Art
Miriam Sánchez, a founding member of the Comuna Cubinche Women's Sewing Association.
Woman Launches Sewing Association

About Ecuador

USAID has worked in Ecuador for more than 50 years to advance the country’s economic and social development, preserve its environment, and enrich the lives of hundreds of thousands of Ecuadorians. USAID has supported the construction of important infrastructure including roads and potable water systems, created jobs for tens of thousands of Ecuadorians, provided scholarships for higher education, built nearly 1,000 schools, conserved biodiversity-rich areas such as the Galapagos Islands, increased agricultural production, improved health service delivery for mothers and children, and extended financial services to thousands of Ecuadorians in rural areas.   

We have done this work in partnership with public and private institutions, non-governmental organizations, small producers, entrepreneurs, communities, and many others. Although we closed our field office in Ecuador in 2014, USAID has a proud legacy in the development gains we have supported over the decades and the capacity we have helped develop in our partners who will continue to support critical development efforts.

Our legacy in the country - more than our projects or infrastructure - is in the capacity of our partners who are supporting the country’s development efforts.


U.S. Embassy in Ecuador

The U.S. Government's First Ecuadorian Counterpart: Manuela Saenz (PDF) - Spanish

USAID/Ecuador: 50 Years (PDF) - Spanish

Last updated: July 16, 2014

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