Ag Around the World, Holly Spangler's 30 Day Blog Challenge

Ecuadorian Exports

When The Republic of Ecuador’s agricultural industry; oftentimes, the subjects of fishing and forestry are soon to follow. As a country that’s landscape consists of primarily rural territories, Ecuador’s agricultural industry is the primary employment of a large portion of the population. Unlike many other, often wealthier countries, it is not uncommon for Ecuadorians to feed their

cassava plant

entire family merely from the crops they produce on their farmland. Some of the major commodities produced in Ecuador are

corn, potatoes, beans, and a native crop called cassava or manioc.

Until more recent years when the country implemented the production of more tropical specialty crops, Ecuador’s foreign food

cacao plant

exchange was not nearly as relevant as other countries. By growing more crops like bananas, cacao, and coffee, the average intake of white and rice products has increased with the export rate of the tropical crops. Basically, family sell the tropical specialty products and use the more conventional products to feed their families.

Additionally, livestock production, although it is widespread, is a prominent entity in many parts of Ecuador. Beef, dairy, and sheep production are the three primary species and are raised based upon their needs throughout the lowlands and highlands of the country.

Interestingly, Ecuador is the world’s second largest exporter of shrimp. Unfortunately, with the recent yellow head and white spot viruses that were widely spread through Ecuador’s shrimp population, there is a dire threat to their once prosperous industry. So, while shrimp farms have a negative environmental impact, with the growing shrimp demand that has spread across the world.

Like most agricultural producing countries, Ecuador’s principal export is to the United States with 45% of their commodities going there. Surprisingly, the second country to receive the benefits of Ecuador’s exported goods is Kenya, who receives an average of 36.6% each year.


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