Some 3,700 members of the Awá indigenous community live in the rainforest of Chocó, a protected area with high biodiversity. Awá indigenous communities in Ecuador are settled in Carchi, Imbabura and Esmeraldas provinces.
The food security of Awá communities depend basically on natural resources. The main food is a small banana named “chiro”. Hunting have decreased in the area, but the favorite prey is still “ratón puyoso,” a local rodent.