Plantain Farmers' Group
(savoury bananas) are a staple food in this rural part of Ecuador and
areas of land are covered by plantain plantations. Large
producers dominate the market, leaving the small family farms producing
just a few boxes a week to sell on the local market or to exploitative
middlemen. Market prices fluctuate wildly throughout the year
so this is a very unstable income.
30 plantain farming families to work together and in this way they have
enough plantains to export up to one container-load a week.
CRACYP handled the export paperwork and
transport, advised on quality control and provided training on the
international requirements and regulations. The price was
and fluctuated less than on the local market, so income was
predictable and the farmers had a market for their plantains
even when there was a glut of fruit locally.
fruit unsuitable for export was sold nationally for processing into
'chifles' (plantain crisps) or other snacks. Even damaged
fruit was not wasted - it's great food for pigs - and the stalks made
project helped the
farmers adapt to changing market conditions, new export regulations and
the results of global warming. CRACYP also offered advice on
how to produce more plantains from the same area of land in an
is a poor,
isolated part of the country with little infrastructure. Some
of the farmers have no power supply to their homes and no means of
transport. Some cannot even write their own names, far less fill out
shipping forms. By working together as a
community and building skills with CRACYP's training, they were all
able to add value to their plantain crop and become exporters of a
market prices and local conditions have forced the closure of this
project for the time being.
Training, advice and support to add value
rural incomes through export of quality plantains.
A Green Progress
project by CRACYP in Ecuador.