Ecuador lies on the western coast of South America, where it is bordered in the north and east by Colombia and in the south and east by Peru. Agriculture employs 26.2% of the work force.
Ecuador’s population was 15.1 million in 2013. It has one of the highest income inequality levels in the world. The richest 10% of households have a disposable income that is 37 times higher than the poorest 10%.
Although strong health awareness is influencing lifestyles in Ecuador, both overweight and obese populations are increasing.
The USA, accounted for 44.9% of total exports in 2013 and 33.0% went to other Latin American countries. Ecuador is the world’s largest exporter of bananas and plantains. The country is also the region’s largest supplier of flowers using organic methods.