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The role of private sector in the Quito City Region Food System

Author: Inigo Arrazola, Nataly Pinto Alvaro, Johanna Renckens, Hector Ballesteros, Patric Hollenstein
Publisher:VECO Andino, RUAF Foundation

The food system in the Quito Metropolitan District (DMQ) can be characterised as a mixture of a Food System 1.0 and 2.0. Ecuador’s internal food market has consistently grown over recent years. Food consumption statistics show that fresh and processed food household expenses have grown annually by 3% over recent years and totalled nearly 6.9 US million dollars in 2013. At the same time the country has increased its exports and the food processing industry now accounts for 45% of all manufactures and nearly one third of exports. In Quito, food processing is increasingly dominated by a small number of national enterprises. Whilst these businesses are still traditional and are still sourcing from some regional SMEs and producers, they are involved in a process of modernisation (for example by centralising logistics) and concentration (a limited number of businesses share the majority of market share and turnover). This is particularly true in the meat, bread and grain- based and dairy sector, all sectors that have the highest growth in consumer demand. For each of these sectors, no more than 5 large companies account for over 80% of the sales. Alongside these larger enterprises a much larger number of small to medium sized enterprises tries to maintain and develop their place in a (changing) market.

Organization: Civil Society Organization
Region: Latin America and the Caribbean
Coverage: Ecuador
Areas of focus: Food supply and distribution
Tags: Markets, Private-public partnerships, Social enterprises