Ecuador: Food Assistance Fact Sheet - January 8, 2018

Report
from US Agency for International Development
Published on 08 Jan 2018

SITUATION

  • Although an upper middle-income country, Ecuador remains prone to natural disasters, including floods, earthquakes, droughts and volcanic eruptions. Extreme weather changes exacerbate these disasters and adversely impact food security and water availability.

  • Ecuador also hosts a large number of refugees and asylum-seekers from neighboring countries. Of the estimated 60,000 refugees currently residing in Ecuador, the majority are Colombians in need of international protection.

RESPONSE

  • The USAID Office of Food for Peace (FFP) partners with the UN World Food Program (WFP) to provide food-insecure refugees and host community members with practical training on topics such as nutrition, income-generation strategies and gender-based violence prevention, and electronic vouchers that allow them to purchase local, nutritious foods.

  • In April 2016, an earthquake struck Ecuador’s northern coast. FFP immediately supported WFP’s emergency response by providing food vouchers to 20,000 earthquake-affected people in urgent need of emergency food assistance.