This program seeks to balance the conservation of natural resources and the satisfaction of the human needs of the populations of the northwestern region of Ecuador and southwestern Colombia.


Promote technical skills in families and community organizations to manage natural resources in a sustainable manner, generating alternatives that contribute to food security and sovereignty and improve their family economy; maintaining a balanced relationship between the environment and cultural, ethnic, gender and generational aspects.

Lines of work

We contribute to food security and sovereignty and family economy through the establishment of environmental friendly productive initiatives, with an agroecological approach maintaining a balanced relationship between the environment and cultural, ethnic, gender and generational aspects.

  • Advocacy at family and community level with more than 500 families through training in management and promotion of breeding and crops in environmental friendly production systems. This is done with an agroecological approach and valuation of native species.
  • Using of tools such as property planning, to convert farms into focusing on agroegology.
  • Consolidation of agroecological farms where workshops and exchange of experiences are taking place.
  • Collaboration with civil society in order to construct public policies on food security and conservation of biodiversity in the border area of Ecuador and Colombia.
  • Four promotions created by the Binational School of Agroecology and Interculturality (Ecuador – Colombia), together with the Peasant Association for Development – ADC (Colombia).

ALTROPICO works with the assesment of native/wild species and how to manage them within the local systems of production which benefits families by securing food sources, giving sustainability to the projects and helping the conservation of the local biodiversity.

  • In San Lorenzo, a research project was carried out with native species to be included in the local productive systems. These species are: mojarra fish, sabaleta fish, melipona bee, river shrimp or minchilla and zoocrias (guanta, guatuso and guatín)
  • Currently there are positive experiences in the breeding of honey bees and mojarra. These species have already been included in local productive systems and agroecological farms

We promote community banks as an alternative to further savings and credit culture to finance the productive development and generate greater community integration

  • The establishment of 49 community banks as a mechanism to promote the culture of savings, economic planning and community work in the province of Carchi, Esmeraldas and the department of Nariño (Colombia), these community banks are giving sustainability to local productive systems.

We support initiatives, associative and/or local community enterprises, inclusive fairs with agroforestry, livestock, artisanal products, and ecotourism, to improve the family economy.

  • Formation of six collective business such as tailoring and dressmaking, elaboration of crafts with natural fibers, carpentry, tropical fruits; developing skills and abilities in the participants, as well as being productive alternatives that contribute to the family economy.
  • One of the most important businesses is the Association of Meliponiculturists, who work with melipona honey, a species native to tropical forests and the region. This Association is made up of 51 persons from the Afro, Awá, Epera, Mestizas communities in the province of Esmeraldas.
  • Integración de los productores a mercados locales, mediante su participación en ferias locales y las mesas de circuitos cortos de comercialización existentes en la región.
  • Integration of producers to local markets, through their participation in local fairs and tables of short marketing circuits (mesas de circuitos cortos de comercialización) existing in the region.