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Income vs. health in the banana sector

I was recently involved in a study about the use of agro-chemicals by banana plantations in the El Oro province in Ecuador. While my colleagues were visiting banana plantations, generally medium to small in size (less than 10ha), i was visiting surrounding populations (pueblos), primary schools and medical centres to try and identify and understand the reality in which residents live.I visited one school in particular that stood out from the rest. Getting to it involved driving about 20mins off the main road, passing nothing but banana trees (I’m not actually sure how it fit into our sample). A few typical houses here and there and then suddenly a more obvious settlement with a group of houses and packing areas. Continue reading