raquel.pngRaquel Tuston - CHOICE Ecuador Director 

Raquel was born in Ecuador and has many years of experience working with the nutritional small-scale agriculture model.  She worked as a project manager for the Benson Institute for 13 years in Ecuador prior to working for ISRA (Feed the World). She also has experience working in public health and as a clinical nutritionist for 3 years.  She has additional training in sustainable agriculture, family development and family health, biometrics, epidemiology, scientific information management, and nutrition for the rural poor.   

Raquel has a master’s degree in nutrition from the Universidad Central del Ecuador and a doctorate in dietetics from the Escuela Superior Politecnica de Chimborazo where she was also valedictorian. Raquel has a natural talent to communicate and negotiate with other organizations.  Because of Raquel, ISRA has a strong partnership with the National University of Ibarra and other universities. She has written extensively on nutrition, agriculture development, the small-scale agriculture model, and evaluations of existing programs for the sustenance of the rural poor. Raquel also speaks English, is a wife and mother to two great children, and resides in Ibarra, Ecuador.