WFP Ecuador Country Brief, January 2017

Report
from World Food Programme
Published on 31 Jan 2017

Highlights

  • Ecuador’s Country Office is preparing for the presentation of the Country Strategic Plan 2017-2021 at WFP’s Executive Board First Ordinary Session.

  • WFP and the Coordinating Ministry for Social Development signed a Cooperation Agreement to strengthen relationships and implement programmes and actions with the aim to reduce hunger and malnutrition.

Operational Updates

  • Country Director, Kyungnan Park, with delegates from the Ministries of Economic and Social Inclusion, Health, and Social Development, participated in an event to launch the “Manual Paso a Paso”, an inter-institutional initiative to improve the nutrition of mothers and children under two years old. During the event, mothers prepared recipes from the Manual for children from 6 to 23 months old.

  • Country Director Kyungnan Park met with the Ambassadors of United Kingdom, Canada, Switzerland, Germany, France, Panama, Hungary, Egypt, Spain, Mexico, United States and the Counsellors of Japan, Brazil, Russia, China and Argentina, to strengthen relations and cooperation, and advocate for the upcoming Country Strategic Plan 2017-2021.

  • Country Director Kyungnan Park met with the Minister of Economic and Social Inclusion to advocate for WFP’s Country Strategic Plan 2017-2021, and discuss further cooperation between both institutions.

  • Deputy Country Director, Raphael Chuinard, met with ECHO to analyse the perspective of the 2017 Humanitarian Implementation Plan for Ecuador.

  • Publication of “South-South Good Practices on Challenges to overcome malnutrition” on WFP’s website. The document compiles successful experiences that can be replicated, and could contribute to the construction of public policies, which ensure sustainable development for the direct benefit of population.

  • The Ministry for Economic and Social Inclusion, with WFP’s support, finalized the process of scanning and filing the documents supporting the delivery of cash based transfers, rental and host vouchers issued in response to April’s earthquake.

  • WFP met with UN Women to define joint operational plan for 2017, which will enable WFP to strengthen gender mainstreaming into its strategy and activities.

Challenges

  • WFP and other UN agencies are developing a common programme framework for the northern border of Ecuador.

  • WFP is discussing with the Ecuadorian Central Bank the feasibility of developing a pilot project to use e-money to deliver food assistance.

  • Presidential elections will take place on 19th February 2017.