Studies by numerous public and private institutions have determined that the Península de Santa Elena (PSE) contains a high degree of agricultural potential, as it enjoys excellent soil, climate and temperature conditions. Nevertheless, the labor used in agricultural projects is usually obtained from a different region of the country. This is often because of the lack of an agricultural skill base existing in the population of local residents. This has spawned serious migratory problems that negatively affect the urban development of Guayaquil, since many of these people happen to be a part of the depressed pockets of poverty and abandonment that exist in the marginal sectors of the city.

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This situation arises, partly, due to the fact that there are no agricultural means for production, commercialization, investigation and transference of technology in these areas. On the other hand, they are in need of training programs in the suitable handling of the units of production, which has also contributed to the absence of potential agricultural projects, the proper use of the existing resources, and the possibility bringing such products to market.


  • To implement a Alternative Technologies Training Center in the Zapotal Community through the execution of an training project that will teach agriculture techniques, as well as the production and expansion of alternative sustainable crops around the area
  • To develop professional formation processes and education programs for community leaders, especially women and young adults, in order to improve employment rates and the local economy in general with the creation and management of small competitive agricultural businesses that will allow their families and community to improve their standard of living.
  • To generate alternatives improving family economics through technical training on the sustainable development of small farm businesses.

The main proposal is, throughout 5 years, to implement a Training Center that would satisfy the objectives mentioned above. This will be implemented with the help of ESPOL, the Rotary Club and the Zapotal Community.

ESPOL will lead this effort through the participation of technicians, professors, researchers and students, as well as Rotary’s technical personnel and the Zapotal Community, who will be the one in charge of developing the Training Center’s activities.