EcuadorAgriculture is a critical sector of Ecuador’s economy. In 2009, agriculture generated direct employment for more than 26 percent of the active population. It also contributed seven percent to GDP and generated nearly $4 billion in exports.

One of the key constraints that limits how much agriculture has managed to reduce poverty is the high degree of weather-related risk faced by farmers. In 2009 a prolonged drought struck more than 200,000 hectares in the Sierra region while excessive rains and flooding and drought significantly lowered agricultural yields on 360,000 hectares on the coast.

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