Tackling Challenges to Farmers’ Health and Agro-Ecosystem Sustainability in Highland Ecuador

  • Fadya A. Orozco
  • Donald C. Cole
Part of the Insight and Innovation in International Development book series (IIID, volume 1)


Over the last half century, agricultural “modernization” has transformed ­smallholder potato and horticultural production systems on the once fertile slopes of the Ecuadorian Andes (Sherwood 2009). Striving to maintain outputs, farms and fields dotted across the mountainous landscape have increasingly used external inputs (machinery, contract labour, fertilizers, and pesticides).


Integrate Pest Management Pesticide Poisoning Hazardous Pesticide Provincial Health Directorate Neurobehavioural Performance 
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We thank the members of the Ecosalud II field team (Cecilia Pérez, Jacqueline Arevalo, Leticia Guaman, and Byron Arevalo) for their enthusiasm and social commitment, and the community leaders and the women and men farmers who opened their homes and gave their valuable time to participate. Colleagues from collaborating organizations also deserve our thanks: Fortipapa; Plataforma de la Papa de Chimborazo; CONPAPA Quero – Guano; Ayuda en Acción Chimborazo; CESA Chimborazo; Diócesis de Riobamba; Proyecto UDOCACH; Proyecto Punín; Fundación Marco; las Direcciones de Salud Provincial de Carchi y Chimborazo; la Escuela Politécnica del Chimborazo; los Gobiernos Municipales de Quero y Guano; and al Programa de Papa del INIAP. Finally, thanks to our colleagues at the International Potato Center for hosting Ecosalud I and II and for having an intersectoral vision. IDRC support for Ecosalud I and II was provided through the projects 004321, 101816, and 101810.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Instituto de Saúde ColetivaUniversidad Federal da BahiaSalvadorBrazil
  2. 2.Dalla Lana School of Public HealthUniversity of TorontoTorontoCanada
  3. 3.International Potato CenterLimaPeru

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