Procesadora Nacional de Alimentos, C.A. (“PRONACA”) and La Estancia Investment Holding, S.L.(“La Estancia”)

Country: Ecuador

Reception date: September, 18 2023

Current Status: Open


Indigenous populations of Tsáchila nationality located in Santo Domingo de los Tsháchilas, Ecuador. These communities are being represented, for the purposes of the ICIM process, by the Ecuadorian Coordinator of Organizations for the Defense of Nature and the Environment (CEDENMA) and advised by the organizations Friends of the Earth and the Bank Information Center.


Summary of the Request

The Request describes a series of environmental harm due to contamination of bodies of water and air in and around the Santo Domingo area, as well as impacts to the health and livelihoods of the communities allegedly linked to the Project. 

Specifically, PRONACA's industrial farms are allegedly depositing solid waste (animal excrement) as fertilizer in areas near the communities settled along the Pove, Peripa, and Chigüilpe rivers, who use these bodies of water for subsistence activities (bathing, washing, cooking, etc.), agricultural production, fishing, and more recently tourism. These rivers, according to the group of claimants, have been polluted and the water quality has deteriorated to the point that the communities can no longer depend on them for any of their traditional uses. Additionally, they warn that residents in this area are experiencing higher rates of stomach, lung, and skin cancer, which they potentially link to PRONACA's operations.



Recent actions

On November 16, 2023, the MICI determined that the Request was eligible because it met all the eligibility criteria set forth in the MICI Policy.

The eligibility determination process has at no time been an investigation of the Project or IDB Invest. The fact that the Request was declared eligible is not a determination of compliance or non-compliance by the institution with its Policies and/or Performance Standards.


The Request was referred to the Consultation Phase by decision of the Requesters.


Past actions

On September 19, 2023, MICI notified the Requesters and IDB Invest Management of the registration of the Request.



Project Number:


Environmental Category:


Project Name:

Procesadora Nacional de Alimentos, C.A. (“PRONACA”) and La Estancia Investment Holding, S.L.(“La Estancia”)


Agriculture And Rural Development

Project Type:

Loan Operation

IDB Invest Financing:

USD 50,000,000

Consultation Process
Recommendation for a CR and ToRs
CR Report


Consultation Phase (CP)

Compliance Review Phase (CRP)

Chronology and documents

Steps and milestonesDateRemarksDocuments


Request Receipt

2023-09-18Requests of a confidential nature are not published.


Notice of Registration

2023-09-195 business days from the date of receipt of the Request or 15 business days when further information is required from the Requesters.


Management Response

2023-11-0221 business days from the date of notice of registration. The response will be published as an annex to the Eligibility Memorandum.


Eligibility due date

2023-11-1721 business days from the date of receipt of Management Response or 45 business days after the Suspension is granted. 


Eligibility Memorandum Public Disclosure

2023-12-06As per the Access to Information Policy (OP-102) the disclosure of this document is done simultaneous to its distribution to the Board of Executive Directors.
Consultation Phase


Deadline for Assessment

2024-01-2540 business days from the date of issuance of the eligibility memorandum.